Legal Separation: An Alternative to Divorce in California
A common alternative to a divorce is ‘legal separation’. In the event that you are unable to or do not wish to get divorced, you can request the court for a legal separation.
A legal separation will not terminate a domestic partnership or marriageYou aren't eligible to enter into any other domestic partnership or remarry in case of a legal separation. For couples that are legally separated in California, it might be possible to file for a divorce sometime later if they meet some specific legal requirements.
There are couples who pick this alternative to divorce in order to put a halt to the relationshipThe reasons for choosing legal separation over divorce could be many. These typically include religious and/or practical reasons. For instance, a couple may opt for legal separation if they agree to use one spouse's health care plan to maintain the other. But if a couple is getting a legal separation for reasons pertaining to health insurance, it is important to ensure that there is no disqualifying scenario under the legal separation plan.