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Deciding whether or not to end your marriage is a very difficult decision that often requires immense time and consideration. In California, there are two primary methods for ending a marriage: divorce and legal separation. While divorce offers a permanent dissolution of your marriage, a legal separation allows for both spouses to separate without terminating their marital status.

Deciding which option best fits your particular situation may require the aid of a legal representative. At Fair Cadora, APC, our San Diego divorce attorneys can provide you with a comprehensive list of criteria to consider when deciding between a legal separation and divorce so that you can make an informed decision and maximize your potential for a positive outcome.

  • Some common reasons to consider a legal separation include:

  • Religious beliefs

  • Financial restrictions

  • Military benefits

  • Social Security benefits

  • Medical insurance

  • Family obligations

No Waiting Period

Unlike a divorce that requires a six-month waiting period to become finalized, once your legal separation agreement is filed, your final judgement can be expedited.

  • The process for legal separation is similar to a divorce and includes the following steps:

  • File a petition for legal separation

  • Decide on child custody and visitation

  • Reach an agreement on spousal maintenance, child support and property division

  • Obtain a final judgment of legal separation from Family Court

If you and your partner have children and are unsure as to whether you want to permanently dissolve your marriage, a legal separation can be used as a viable alternative to explore.

A Starting Point

A legal separation may begin as a temporary separation, but can be a foundation for your divorce settlement if you or your spouse decide to go forward with a divorce later. At Fair Cadora, APC, we understand just how complex this process can be on your emotional well-being. With over twenty years of combined experience, our San Diego family law attorneys can help you come to a decision that you can feel confident about.

Call Fair Cordova, APC 619.432.3555 or contact us online and receive a free 30-minute consultation to discuss your legal separation options!

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Our legal team includes a Bar Certified Family Law Specialist, which means Attorney Lauren Fair has gone through extensive credentialing and training to become one of few recognized legal experts in the state of California. Out of nearly 200,000 active and certified attorneys in the entire state, only 1,200 attorneys have pursued a Specialized Bar Certification in the field of family law. As a result, Attorney Fair is considered to be a specialized legal expert in the field of family law and is consistently on the cutting-edge of legal representation in this specific area of practice.

Additionally, Attorney Cadora is our firm's founding partner and brings a wealth of legal experience to the table. He also serves as a Pro Tem Settlement Conference Judge, where he volunteers his free hours with attorneys and clients to reach peaceful settlements, rather than vicious courtroom battles. As a trial attorney and Pro Tem judge, his in-depth understanding of the inner workings of the courtroom can be used as an advantage for clients.

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“She is not afraid to go toe to toe in the court room against opposing counsel and she made my ex and her counsel look vastly unprepared and downright foolish at times. Lauren paid attention to every detail and worked hard to keep costs down in what I would consider a high conflict divorce. Lauren is extremely trustworthy, so much I trusted her to represent me in court even while I was deployed overseas, which speaks volumes about her character.”
- Rob M., Former Client

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