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Chico Legal Separation Lawyer

Legal Separation

legal separation attorney chico ca

There are a number of options open to individuals who live in the state of California when they no longer want to continue with their marriage. Included among those options is a legal separation, something that is often misunderstood by those who are considering dissolving a marriage. What is a legal separation, how can you obtain it and what type of protection do you have once it has taken place? We will answer those questions in this article. It is also possible for you to get further assistance by contacting Williams & Javellana, LLP, who can walk you through the process to get you the best outcome.

When you compare a legal separation with a divorce, you will see that there are many similarities. In fact, it is necessary for you to go through many of the same processes as filing for divorce when you want a legal separation. The main difference is the fact that those who get a legal separation are not asking the court system to terminate the marital status. Many of the same steps need to be taken, however, such as dividing the marital debts and assets, as well as establishing child custody and visitation.

There are a number of reasons why people may consider a legal separation instead of getting a divorce. In some cases, it may be due to religious beliefs which would keep the couple from divorcing. In other cases, it may be because of health insurance concerns, which is on the mind of many today. If you and your spouse have made the decision to pursue a legal separation, the marriage will not be terminated. If either you or your spouse wishes to remarry, you will need to file for a divorce.

It may, at times, be necessary for you to file for a legal separation as a gateway to getting a divorce. In order for you to file for a divorce within any county in California, you must be a resident of that county for a minimum of three months. If you have not yet lived in the county for the minimum of three months, you can file for legal separation and once the mandatory time restriction is met, you can amend your petition in order to file for divorce.

A degree of protection is given to individuals who go through a legal separation. This may be due to the separation of the marital assets. It provides you with all of the same benefits of being divorced, without actually dissolving the marriage.

In order for you to undergo a legal separation, you are going to need to deal with the court systems and fill out the appropriate paperwork. Although it is possible for you to do this on your own, it can be difficult and time-consuming. In order to make the process one that goes smoothly, you can contact Williams & Javellana, LLP for more information. We will help you through the process and ensure that it goes as smoothly as possible.


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Gold standard for professionalism and ethics. Extremely knowledgeable and proficient in handling complex cases. Attorney Javellana took painstaking hours building a civil case, (co-ownership/property rights) and then he presented overwhelming evidence at trial. Mr. Javellana was on point for 3 days at trial where he tactfully asserted a powerful presence in the courtroom and systematically picked apart the defendents and he was quick to respond to the dirty trickery of the defense attorney with undisputable legal arguments. As a result of Mr. Javellana's detailed and powerful representation, the opposing side had no chance. Mr. Javellana was extremely organized and detail oriented throughout. Mr. Javellana won the case across multiple points and most impressively he obtained a permanent injunction against the opposing party. Additionally, Mr. Javellana, represented me with two other cases where his professionalism and his relentless tactical drive continued with successful results. I highly recommend Mr. Javellana. J.M
California June 20, 2015