Legal Separation: What’s Good To Know?

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 | 12:09 am

So you are looking to get divorced. You and your partner have both agreed to separate and are currently looking into how to do so.

While divorce seems the most obvious route, Attorney Donald P. Schweitzer is opening up about the concept of legal separation, giving people another option:

He explains that a legal separation is almost identical to a divorce. However, a couple’s marital status will remain intact.

A legal separation will divide your community property and set up things like child support agreements. By opting for a legal separation, you will still be “married on paper” as Donald puts it. But you will not benefit from any marital rights.

If you’re baffled as to what the point of legal separation is, Donald again has all of the answers. The attorney explains that there are three main reasons why a couple would opt to file for legal separation over a divorce.

Some couples opt to do this if they are unsure about getting a full divorce but want to ensure that their finances are safe. This could work for you if you are worried about your partner spending too much money.

Donald also sees couples going down this route if they have strong religious beliefs or if they are trying to remain on each other’s health insurance.

It may seem like legal separation is a good thing to do if you are trying to make a point to your partner. But Donald advises against this, saying you should never file for such a thing after a heated argument, for example.

Why? Because your legal separation could turn into a full-on divorce if your partner decides that’s what they want.

Now you understand a little more about the process of legal separation versus a divorce, you may think this is the right thing for you and your partner. If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to contact Attorney Donald P. Schweitzer.

The Law Offices of Donald P. Schweitzer are located at 201 South Lake Ave Ste. 800, in Pasadena. For more information call (626) 683-8113 or visit








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