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Pasadena & Woodland Hills Family Law Attorneys Experienced in Separation Agreements

Separation agreements made easy so you can get on with your life

Separation from your spouse is never easy, but a skilled family law attorney can relieve some of the stress. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Steven A. Blunt take the time to educate you on each step and establish realistic expectations to facilitate the process.  Don’t put your financial and emotional stability in jeopardy. Let an experienced lawyer provide you with the guidance and advice you need to protect your best interests.

Know your options in the state of California

There are three ways to end a marriage in California: divorce, legal separation and annulment. When both parties want to end a marriage but do not want to get a divorce, either immediately or perhaps ever, legal separation is an option. When you and your spouse are legally separated, you can retain certain benefits, such as health plans. The court can also rule for you on issues such as child custody, money and property division while you are separated. Couples are not required to file for legal separation before divorcing in the state of California. However, it is a good option to begin the process if you have not lived in California long enough (at least six months) to meet the residency requirement for divorce.

Two types of separation agreements

There are two types of separation agreements in the state of California:

  • Temporary — This agreement is made during a separation and is only good until the couple is granted a divorce, and at that time a new agreement is drafted.
  • Permanent — This agreement stands throughout separation and even if the couple decides to pursue divorce.

A family law attorney can help tailor your separation agreement to meet your individual needs.

What a separation agreement covers

A separation agreement deals with all the aspects of marriage that a judge would also rule on in the case of a divorce. You can ask the judge to help you and your partner make decisions on:

  • Child custody or visitation
  • Child support
  • Spousal or partner support
  • Property division
  • Debt responsibility
  • Domestic violence issues
  • Attorneys’ fees

Let our Pasadena and Woodland Hills attorneys help you determine what’s best for your family

In California, there are many options in terms of separations. Let our experienced attorneys help you craft a separation agreement that represents the best interests of your family. We have been practicing for more than 35 years, and we have experience with many types of families and situations. Trust us to guide you through this process. Call 818-337-3595, contact us online, or come in to either of our Pasadena or Woodland Hills locations.