Which one's most post-litigative: legal separation or divorce?

Asked over 2 years ago - San Jose, CA

Other party wants to live as separate as possible - at least the finances aspect definitely - but under the same roof with me "for sake of infant / toddler kids" (probably so that help is handy). Neither of us want to remarry. The other party is very litigative. In these circumstances, will legal separation be enough or should we go for divorce to avoid post litigation as much as possible?

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    Answered . If the other party is litigative, you might as well get a Divorce because after a Legal Separation Judgment, a litigative party could file and pursue a Divorce case. The ony valid reasons to remain married might be to get the benefit of "married filing jointly" income tax marginal rates, to get the benefit of employment-related health insurance, or religious reasons of people whose religions don't allow divorce. You may meet someone else who you might want to marry, and if you only have a Judgment for Legal Separation, you would have to file and go through a Divorce before you would be eligible to marry someone else.

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    Answered . Whether you bring a case for Legal Separation or Divorce, if you file such a proceeding with the court, it has the SAME possibility of being litigious. Legal Separation involves doing everything you would do in a divorce and resolving all the same issues, except that you don't actually terminate your marital status--i.e. you are still "married" legally though you cut off property and other marital rights. This can be desirable for people in very specific situations where they either have religious opposition to divorce or where they will be able to preserve rights to certain benefits and don't mind not being able to remarry. You can always physically separate and not pursue a court case if you want, but if you end up divorcing later this might make a future proceeding more complicated and difficult (and yes, litigious) than it would otherwise have been.

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    Answered . If the marriage is irretrievably broken, you should probably seek divorce sooner rather than later.

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    Answered . I F YOU HAVE IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES, GET DIVORCED AND BE DONE. NO PERCENTAGE IN REMAINING MARRIED, SPECIALLY IF YOU WANT TO REMARRY IN THE FUTURE. LESS HASSLE THIS WAY. BEST OF LUCK.

    This answer is provided by Manuel A. Juarez, Esq., aka El Abogado de Divocios de California: 510-206-4492. It... more
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    Answered . Go for the divorce. More entanglement means more opportunity for litigation. If you want to avoid further conflict, it's best to cut as many ties and entanglements as possible. That said, even if it is a divorce, make sure you have finality and make sure that the terms of the settlement are clear and not promotive of further disputes down the road. A good attorney can help make sure of that.

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    Answered . You have been given excellent advice by Counsel.

    Attorney Williams practices FAMILY LAW throughout the State of California and may be reached at (831) 233-3558 and... more

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