Supreme Court defines legal separation for divorcing couples

By |2022-04-04T19:12:51+00:0030 Jul 2015|Categories: Divorce|

Supreme Court defines legal separation for divorcing couples

What does it really mean for a married couple to be separated? For some, this means that they no longer live together and lead completely separate lives. For others, it means simply declaring an end to the marriage, but continuing to live with their spouse until the divorce is finalized. With people being confused about what it means to be separated, the confusion has finally been cleared up.

The California Supreme Court put an end to this confusion when it was ruled that a married couple is not considered separated until they are not living in the same home. This ruling was brought about after one couple experiencing a divorce had conflicting dates about when they became separated. The wife reportedly claimed that the separation began in 2006, but since she was still living in the home, the husband believed that the separation year was 2011.

Originally, the courts decided the wife was correct in the date that she and her husband separated, but with this new ruling by Supreme Court, the husband’s date is considered valid. This means that he may be awarded a portion of the woman’s income earned during the time she was still living in the home. This is because with the wife still living in the home and not establishing her own residence, property, as well as income, were technically still considered shared.

Couples experiencing a divorce may find it fairly simple to be confused by the rules and laws of their state. It is not unusual for this to occur, which is why it may be helpful to hire an attorney when both parties have agreed to divorce. People may not want to risk having to share whatever income they earn with their spouse, but by contacting an attorney, they may be able to avoid such a thing from happening.

Source: SF Gate, State Supreme Court defines legal separation in divorce cases, Kale Williams, July 20, 2015

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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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