Legal Separation Or Divorce?

Many people have questions about separation and divorce, also known as dissolution. Our firm can answer these questions for you.

A separation agreement is a legal tool used by couples who:

  • Are in the process of a divorce and want to establish certain financial or logistical boundaries regarding property, housing, health insurance or income
  • Do not plan to stay together but have financial or religious objections to divorce
  • May reconcile their marriage

California family courts recognize separation agreements. A separation agreement may or may not be necessary in your case if you are going through a divorce or experiencing a serious problem with your marriage. An experienced family law attorney can help you understand your legal exposure and protect your rights prior to, or without, a divorce.

Effectively Protecting Our Clients' Rights For Decades

At Presley & Goodrow in Orange County, we effectively represent our clients in a wide variety of family law cases, including cases involving marital separation. We can answer your questions, which may include:

  • How will a separation agreement help me financially?
  • Is a separation agreement necessary in my case?
  • If I am separated, will I need my own bank account or credit cards?
  • Who will pay the mortgage and other bills while we are separated?
  • Will I pay or receive child support or alimony during the separation?
  • Is separation always used as a step toward divorce?
  • How soon should I retain a lawyer if a divorce may be necessary?
  • Do I need to go to court to obtain a legal separation?
  • Should I file for legal separation or divorce?

Your Situation Is Unique | Contact Us To Get Your Questions Answered

Every case is different. Your situation is unique. Board-certified family law attorneys Wilma Presley and Catherine Goodrow can evaluate your case in detail and help you understand your options. Contact our offices to schedule an appointment.