A divorce (also known as a dissolution) and a legal separation are similar. Both types of actions may include support, division of property, and custody. The real difference is that for a dissolution, the parties are legally divorced when the judgment for dissolution is entered. Either party can then marry a third party. On the other hand, at the time of judgment for a legal separation, the parties are legally separated. The parties are still married, and neither party is legally able to marry a third party. If an action is started as a legal separation, it can be changed to a divorce as long as a judgment has not been entered. Unfortunately after judgment, a legal separation cannot be changed to a divorce.
If you need a divorce lawyer in the Orange County area to discuss a family law matter such as a premarital agreement, child support, spousal support, custody, transmutation, or property division, contact Treviño Law, Inc. Conveniently located off of the 5 and 405 freeway at Lake Forest.
Please note that the posting of this family law blog is informational only. Specific circumstances and laws may determine the outcome of your particular situation and it is important to contact an attorney to analyze your situation.
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