Thousand Oaks Legal Separation Attorney
Not Ready for Divorce Yet?
At the Law Offices of Michael Labrum, we provide representation for couples
seeking legal separation. Our team is dedicated to assisting clients in
a broad range of family law cases. We understand how to protect your rights
with skill and ability.
Divorce is not for every couple. Some may decide to file for legal separation.
Legal separation allows you to stay married while living separate lives.
The process of obtaining a legal separation in California is similar to
the divorce process.
During legal separation, couples decide on the following issues:
Have questions? Call our
Thousand Oaks family lawyer today at (805) 725-5277.
Common Reasons People Choose Legal Separation
Legal separation is much like a divorce in that couples decide on many
of the same issues, but it allows couples to maintain their legal status
as a married couple. This is arrangement works for some couples in certain
Some reasons why certain couples decide to legally separate instead of
- Religious beliefs - Some couples want to maintain the vows they made on
their wedding day, or some couples may be a part of a religion that stigmatizes divorce.
- Children - Divorce can be hard on children, especially the change in lifestyle
and the conflicts that can arise. Couples will sometimes choose to postpone
their divorce for the sake of the children.
- Financial - There are certainly tax advantages to remaining married, as
well as the health benefits one spouse can access through the other spouse.
Overall, sharing the same household can be less costly than divorcing.
- Personal preference - Some couples often try out legal separation to see
if divorce is what they both really want.
While legal separation may not be right for every couple, you can always
discuss your unique situation with our divorce attorney to help determine
whether you and your spouse should move forward with a divorce or opt
for legal separation first.
Steps to Filing for Legal Separation in Thousand Oaks, CA
- These are the six basic steps to filing for legal separation in California:
Determine the grounds for filing legal separation. According to California Family Code Section 2310, a legal separation
must be based on "incurable insanity" or "irreconcilable
Get a copy of Form FL-100 Petition - Marriage. You can print a copy from the website for the California courts system
or obtain a hard copy from your county court. You'll be asked questions
about grounds for legal separation, minor children in the marriage, and
If you have children who are under the age of 18, you will also need to
complete and file Form FL-105/GC-120.
Talk with an attorney. This is a good time to ask a Thousand Oaks family law attorney to review
your paperwork and all of the forms you have completed. Ask for advice
and ensure that you have completed all of the necessary forms correctly
File all forms and pay the appropriate filing fees.
Your spouse must be served with a copy of the papers.
Request a free phone evaluation with our team at the Law Offices of Michael
Labrum. Michael Labrum is a Thousand Oaks family law attorney with years
of experience and a reputation for effective counsel.
Discuss a legal separation case with our team when you
call our office at (805) 725-5277 today.