Most Separations Lead to Divorce in California

By |2022-10-07T09:30:31+00:0007 May 2012|Categories: Divorce, Separations, Statistics|

Although divorce may be more common these days, many California couples are opting to try out a separation first in many cases. Separations are quite common. In fact, some sources say that it is more common for a couple to go through a separation first than it is for couples to immediately divorce. This could mean that if you and your spouse are considering a separation, it may not hurt to be prepared for ending the relationship in a divorce.

A new study has suggested that nearly 80 percent of couples who separate ultimately end up getting a divorce. For any number of reasons, a couple may decide that a separation is preferable to going straight to a divorce. There may be children at home, it may be a couple’s first marriage or the marriage may have lasted a significant amount of time. For these, and a number of other reasons, a couple may not want to jump right into a divorce.

However, most couples do end up divorcing after a separation. Whether a separation lasts less than a year or drags on for over 10 years, 79 percent of those couples will dissolve the marriage. According to the study, though, a small percentage of couples reunite after a separation as long as it has not exceeded three years. After that, resolution is very rare.

What a California couple may want to keep in mind if they are considering a separation is that a divorce is a possible outcome. Preparing for the dissolution of a marriage is certainly not easy or enjoyable. However, with the time that a separation may offer, it may be a good idea to get finances under control and seek the advice of an attorney.

Source: USA Today, “Splitting? 79% of marital separations end in divorce,” Sharon Jayson, May 6, 2012

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Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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