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Los Angeles Legal Separation Attorney

Certified Family Law Specialist

Charles M. Green
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Many people are confused about what it means to be “separated.” Unlike divorce, a legal separation does not put an end to the marriage, it enables you to live separately but remain married. During the time you are living apart, you have a court order that outlines the rights and responsibilities of each spouse.

You remain legally married while choosing to live separate lives. Issues that can be addressed in a separation agreement are division of marital assets and debts, child custody and child support, visitation schedules and spousal support.

There are four different types of separations. Los Angeles Divorce & Separation Attorney Charles M. Green has experience in handling the various types of separation and divorce.

Living apart is simply when a couple does not reside in the same dwelling.

Trial separation is when a couple lives apart to determine if they want to separate permanently. Trial separation is not usually legally recognized, so any assets or debt accumulated during the trial period is still considered marital property.

Permanent separation is when the couple has officially decided to split up. In most states, assets and debts accumulated during a permanent separation are considered separate. However, debts incurred for necessities like providing for children or maintaining the martial home are considered joint responsibilities.

Legal separation is when the parties are separated and the court divides the property, alimony, child support, custody, and visitation—but does not grant a divorce. Although a separation of some kind is required for no-fault divorces, legal separation is usually for couples who do not want a divorce. They may want legal separation rather than divorce for religious, financial, or personal reasons.

If you decide to remain married because one spouse will be entitled to the other spouse’s benefits (such as Social Security or health insurance), make sure you read the fine print associated with such benefits. Some benefits will specifically exclude legally separated spouses from eligibility.

Charles M Green has experience in handling legal separations and can explain to you the pros and cons of legal separation vs. divorce. He began his career by earning both a Master of Business Administration degree and certification as a public accountant (currently inactive,) and can help you understand the possible financial ramifications of legal separation.

Frequently Asked Questions about
Legal Separation in California


What is legal separation in California?

A: Legal separation is a court agreement allowing married couples to live apart without ending the marriage. It addresses property division, child custody, and support but doesn’t permit remarriage.


 How does legal separation differ from divorce in Los Angeles?

A: Legal separation allows spouses to live apart while remaining married, so they cannot remarry. Divorce legally ends the marriage, allowing for remarriage.


What are the steps to obtaining a legal separation in Los Angeles, California?

A: Obtain a legal separation by filing a petition in court, detailing agreements on property, custody, and support. A judge decides if parties disagree. Consult a local attorney for specific steps.


Are there specific requirements for filing for legal separation in Los Angeles?

A: Yes, one spouse must have lived in California for six months and in Los Angeles County for three months before filing.


 What should be included in a legal separation agreement?

A: Include divisions of property, debts, child custody, visitation, support, and spousal support. Details can vary, so legal advice is recommended.


Why might someone choose legal separation over divorce?

A: Reasons include financial benefits, religious beliefs, personal preferences, or as a step before divorce. It allows for living separately without ending the marriage legally.


How can I file for legal separation in Los Angeles?

A: File by completing necessary forms and submitting them to the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Legal advice is advisable to navigate the process effectively.


How important is it to seek legal advice for legal separation in Los Angeles?

A: Very important. Legal separation involves complex considerations. A lawyer can guide through legal and financial aspects tailored to individual situations.


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Attorney Charles M. Green

In navigating the complexities of legal separation in California, attorney Charles M. Green, Esq. brings a unique and invaluable blend of legal expertise and certified public accounting experience. This dual proficiency enables him to expertly handle the financial nuances of family law matters, such as asset division and spousal support, with unparalleled accuracy and insight.

Opting for a legal separation under Charles’ guidance not only promises the best possible resolution but also strategic financial planning for your future. With Charles, your legal separation is more than a mere legal process; it’s also a step towards securing your financial well-being, backed by a 26 year professional who is both a Certified California Family Law Specialist and expert financial strategist.