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Huntington Beach Legal Separation Lawyer

Orange County Annulment Attorney

When married couples are no longer able to cooperate or live together, they usually seek a divorce. In some cases, a legal separation or annulment may prove to be more beneficial. Regardless of which path you choose, there are several potentially complex legal issues that need to be addressed, and it is important that you have a knowledgeable family-law attorney who can protect your interests.

At the Huntington Beach, California-based Law Office of Jeffrey D. Stearman, I have more than 34 years of experience as a family-law lawyer in Southern California. I have helped clients throughout the area to resolve complicated family matters, and I work tirelessly to obtain the most favorable outcome possible.

Legal Separation in California

Legal separation and divorce have many of the same effects on a marriage, with one big difference - neither spouse can remarry while separated. Legal separation still requires an agreement or court order for things like child support, spousal maintenance or alimony, child custody, or visitation and property division. Similar paperwork must also be filled out while securing a separation, and if agreements cannot be reached, you may still go to trial. Individuals may wish to obtain a legal separation over a divorce if:

  • The six-month residency requirement for divorce has not been satisfied
  • Religious beliefs preclude divorce
  • The individuals wish to maintain certain health insurance or tax benefits

I have helped numerous clients choose the right course of action, and I can help you decide the path that will benefit you most.

Huntington Beach Annulment Assistance

An annulment can be sought when the validity of a marriage comes into question, as opposed to a divorce, which seeks to end a valid marriage. Determining the validity of a marriage can become a very complex legal matter. A marriage may be deemed invalid for many reasons, including:

  • fraud
  • forced marriage
  • bigamy
  • incest

If an annulment is granted, the marriage is treated as if it never happened. Whether you wish to remain married or want your marriage to be declared void, I can guide you through the annulment process.

Call for a Free Consultation

Contact my office today to personally discuss your divorce, legal separation or annulment questions. You can call 714-871-7778 for a FREE initial phone consultation or send me an e-mail. I am available by phone during regular business hours and regularly check e-mail throughout the evening and on weekends.