Separation Divorce

Apple Valley Collaborative Lawyer
Individuals can feel overwhelmed when considering how to legally resolve an irreparable marriage. Should you pursue an annulment, divorce, or separation? The Law Office of Anne E. Lewis is an Apple Valley collaborative lawyer who can help you weigh the pros and cons of each proceeding. A Certified Family Law Specialist, Ms. Lewis provides astute legal services in divorce and related matters, including:

  • Division of community property
  • Dissolution of domestic partnership
  • Dissolution of marriage
  • Family law

Know all of your options for separation
A legal separation is similar to a divorce. Both separation and divorce address the issues of children, support, and property. Both options require forms, filing fees, and a waiting period before a judgment is entered. However, after a legal separation, you are still legally married and may not remarry another person. Legal separation may be appropriate for couples whose:

  • Religious or moral principles prohibit divorce
  • Residency is insufficient for filing a divorce
  • Health insurance or other benefits are terminated upon divorce

You may also just opt to live separately from your spouse and forego any formal legal proceedings. However, in a physical separation, legal protections are not in place, and you should have your attorneys draw up a separation agreement on pertinent matters.

In a divorce, consider collaboration
If you decide that a divorce is a better option for your situation, you may want to consider an alternative approach. New trends in divorce such as mediated or collaborative divorce can offer spouses a more cooperative approach to ending their marriage. An experienced collaborative Apple Valley attorney , Ms. Lewis can assist you in determining if such an approach is appropriate for your situation. Among the many benefits of a collaborative divorce, perhaps the most unique is that the divorce occurs completely outside the courtroom. In addition to a reduction in stress and costs, divorcing outside the courtroom protects your privacy and helps you to maintain your dignity and that of your family.

Talk to an Apple Valley collaborative lawyer today
Changing the status of your marriage through either a separation or a divorce is always difficult, and a skillful Apple Valley collaborative lawyer can make a difference. Contact the Law Office of Anne E. Lewis online or call 760-955-2500 today to schedule a consultation.