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Legal Separation Attorney In Rancho Cucamonga

Counsel For Marital Dissolution

Is legal separation right for you? At the Law Office of Luella G. Hairston, we have helped many clients who chose to live separately - whether for a short period of time or permanently - rather than legally end their marriages. There are a number of reasons why some couples opt for this, such as:

  • Time apart from one another to consider whether or not they want to divorce
  • Religious convictions against divorce
  • Financial considerations such as waiting until 10 years of marriage have passed in order to utilize Social Security benefits or, as a military spouse, benefits under the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act
  • Preservation of certain medical or related benefits

If you and your spouse wish to pursue legal separation as an alternative to divorce, talk to the Rancho Cucamonga divorce lawyer at the Law Office of Luella G. Hairston at your earliest convenience.

How do I file for legal separation in California?

You can file for legal separation, which requires a filing fee, in the county where you live with your spouse. You will need a number of forms, including:

  • a petition for legal separation and a summons
  • property declaration form if you have considerable assets and / or debts
  • a declaration under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act if you and your spouse have children
  • a child custody and visitation application if you wish the court to establish a temporary visitation schedule.

You may need to file additional forms, depending on your county. Once all of the paperwork has been satisfactorily completed, you will need to provide copies to your spouse and file a proof of service of summons with the court. There are a number of other steps involved in the process, so it is important to talk to an attorney. Learn more about the process of legal separation by contacting our Rancho Cucamonga legal separation lawyer. Just call the Law Office of Luella G. Hairston to set up your free case evaluation !