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The Difference between Separation and Divorce

Sometimes married couples experience intense difficulties in their relationships and know they need some time apart, but are unsure whether to legally separate or get divorced. Making the decision between these two can be difficult for many couples in San Jose, as we at the Law Office of Daniel Jensen, P.C., know, because of the many differences between legal separation and divorce. However, understanding these differences can be a first step in deciding which process is best for you and your situation.

Key Differences

There are several key differences between getting a legal separation and getting a divorce in the state of California. For instance, some of these differences include the following:

  • Divorce is final; separation keeps you married legally
  • You cannot remarry if you are legally separated
  • Legal separation has an immediate effect; divorce takes time

There are many reasons why couples choose to be legally separated, rather than divorced. Some of them have to do with protecting certain moral or religious beliefs, staying together for the sake of children, or retaining military or tax benefits. Whichever path you choose, you can get the help of a skilled family law attorney to help you.

Contact a Divorce Lawyer in San Jose

If you and your spouse are thinking about getting either a legal separation or a divorce, then it may be time to get legal advice and assistance. You can begin the process easily by talking with an attorney from the Law Office of Daniel Jensen, P.C., today. Contact our offices in San Jose by calling (408) 493-0082 and discuss your options for a legal separation or a formal divorce.

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