- Wanting to live apart and get orders from the court about money, property, and parenting issues.
- Avoiding a divorce for religious reasons.
- Avoiding a divorce because of other personal beliefs.
- The couple does not meet the residency requirements to file for divorce in California, and they do not want to wait to put distance between themselves.
- Avoiding a divorce because of financial reasons such as health insurance and spousal benefits.
At its core, a marriage is a contract. Like other contracts, when one party fails to live up to the agreed terms, the contract can be considered broken and the other party may want out. To be released from the marital contract, you will likely need to pursue one of three actions: divorce, legal separation, or annulment. As we’ve discussed before, California is a “no-fault” state. To support a petition for divorce, you need only allege irreconcilable differences. If you’ve properly reached agreements regarding child custody and property divisions, you may meet the criteria for a summary dissolution, the quickest of all divorces in California. The fact that divorce is common does not make it any easier to face. Going through a divorce can be one of the most stressful times in a person’s life and should not be taken lightly. The terms of a divorce can stay with you the rest of your life, affecting your financial stability, existing family relationships, and future family relationships. While divorce is by far the most commonly used method of ending a marriage, it is not the only option. Some couples have reasons to seek a legal separation rather than a divorce. Some reasons a couple may choose a legal separation include: