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A Legal Separation won't dissolve your marriage in the eyes of the court, but there are still advantages for obtaining a Judgment of Legal Separation. A Legal Separation allows your attorney to begin the process of marital property division, address child custody and child support, and spousal support. In a nut shell, the only difference between a Legal Separation and Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce) is that when all is said and done you are still married at the end of a Legal Separation. You will need to file divorce afterward, if that is what you want.

Besides the obvious reason to not divorce due to some belief that the marriage can be salvaged, there are other more practical reasons to obtain a Legal Separation. Legal Separation can be used to preserve the relationship while maintaining assets and rights while seeking protection from creditors or obtaining certain governments benefits. Some benefits of legal separation are:

  • You may retain certain benefits of a married couple, generally including health insurance benefits.

  • You may get certain government benefits that you may not be eligible for if married and not separated.

  • You can protect your rights in all matters relating to alimony, child custody and child support.

  • You may protect yourself from debt incurred by your spouse.

  • The final terms of your Legal Separation may include specific items relating to mortgage payments, home maintenance and use.

How can The Law Office of A. Stephen Rocha help with my Legal Separation?

Our experienced attorney is prepared to conduct your representation in accordance with the needs of your case and can tackle complex custody, support, and property division issues.  He is ready to be aggressive where the other party is uncooperative and denying you your lawful rights, but he is also ready to settle matters with the least amount of litigation necessary so as to save you attorney fees and court costs.

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We help in matters involving in providing lawyer representation in San Diego regarding: Family Law Appeals, Divorce (Dissolution of Marriage), Paternity, Prenuptual Agreement and Postnuptual Agreement, Sole Physical Child Custody, Joint Physical Child Custody, Sole Legal Custody, Joint Legal Custody, and Child Visitation, Child Support, Spousal Support, Support Garnishment Orders, Support Wage Assigment Orders, Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders, Separate Property Characterization, Community Property Division, Military Divorce, Division of Retirements including Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, Flat Fee Divorce, Flat Rate Divorce, Affordable Divorce, Low Cost Divorce, Cheap Divorce, Prepaid Divorce, Paralegal Divorce Services, and Dissolution of Domestic Partnerships.

The Law Office of A. Stephen Rocha represents clients throughout San Diego County, including: Allied Gardens, Alpine, Barrio Logan, Bankers Hill, Bay Park, Bonsail, Camp Pendleton, Carmel Valley, Carlsbad, Centre City, Chula Vista, City Heights, Clairemont, Clairemont Mesa, Coronado, Crown Point, Del Cerro, East County, El Cajon, East Elliot, East San Diego, Encanto, Escondido, Encinitas, Golden Hill, Grantville, Hillcrest, Kearny Mesa, Kensington, La Jolla, La Jolla Shores, La Mesa, La Playa, Linda Vista, Logan Heights, Loma Portal, Mira Mesa, Miramar, Miramar Ranch, Mission Beach, Mission Hills, Mission Valley, National City, Normal Heights, North Clairemont, North County, North Park, Oak Park, Ocean Beach, Oceanside, Old Town, Pacific Beach, Peninsula, Point Loma, Poway, Ramona, San Diego, Scripps Ranch, Serra Mesa, Sorrento Valley, South Bay, South Park, Talmadge, Tierrasanta, University City, University Heights, and Vista.

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