Finding a Riverside Family Court
You know you cannot live together any more. It isn’t working. You and your spouse cannot even be in the same room, but you are not ready to give up just yet. Maybe a trial separation is the answer. You heard about legal separation and maybe it is a good idea. The two of you can be apart for awhile to see how things go.
Most people who consider getting a legal separation in California do so because they are not sure whether they really want to divorce their spouse. They often are looking for ways to protect themselves from being financially responsible for their spouse’s debts. In fact, a legal separation is normally not recommended for people in these situations.
A legal separation at a riverside family court is just like a divorce. All the assets and debts are divided. Custody and visitation is decided. Spousal support and child support are ordered (if appropriate), but if one spouse wishes to go through with the divorce at a later time he/she must file new paperwork with the court to have the marriage dissolved. A legal separation is only appropriate in a very narrow set of circumstances. The most common circumstances include where both parties’ religious beliefs prohibit a divorce or where one party needs the other party’s medical insurance due to health reasons.