Fresno Lawyer Handling Legal Separation

Rick Banks – A Qualified Family Lawyer You Can Rely On

After a divorce is finalized, a marriage is officially dissolved. Couples who may be unsure whether to proceed with a divorce may be considering filing for a legal separation. With a legal separation, spouses can live apart from one another. In this way they can see how things like visitation and asset division can play out with the finality of a divorce.

Other differences between divorce and legal separation include:

  • There is no change in marital status.
  • No potential exists for remarriage while legally separated.
  • While divorce requires you to have lived in the state of California for at least six months, there is no such requirement for filing for a legal separation.
  • Divorces can take upwards of six months to take effect whereas a legal separation is immediate.

If you and your spouse are considering divorce, my law firm can help you decide whether legal separation may be a better choice. Many couples choose legal separation because it allows them time apart and makes reconciliation possible. It can also save lots of money on expensive and unnecessary legal costs that a divorce incurs. Other reasons for a legal separation include wanting to uphold religious beliefs or to retain tax or military benefits.

No matter what your reasons are for wanting to inquire into a legal separation from your spouse, my firm, the Law Offices of Rick D. Banks, can walk you through all the necessary steps to understanding which options are right for you. I have all the experience in family law that you could need—in fact, my book, Win Your Divorce, topped Amazon’s best seller list.

Seek Professional Counsel in Fresno

If you are considering such an important step as filing for a legal separation, it is imperative that you have an experienced family law attorney to consult with beforehand. Call my office today at (559) 222-4891 and we can discuss how you can best proceed.