Legal Separation vs. Divorce In California

Legal separation versus divorce. We get this question asked all the time. What is the difference? From a procedural Standpoint with the courts? It is the exact same paperwork, exact same process.

Divorce and legal separation ,They follow the same path. Same forms. Everything’s the same. All the decisions are the same that have to be made.

Custody support property division, everything is identically the same. The biggest difference obviously is when you conclude a legal separation case, you are still legally married. And the other issue is there’s no six month waiting period as there is for divorce.

So technically a legal separation case can be completed much quicker. There is no cooling-off period as there is with the divorce