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Legal Separation

San Fernando Valley Legal Separation Lawyers

Helping Struggling Spouses Start a New Chapter

Legally SeparatingIf you are not satisfied with your marriage but do not want to completely terminate it with a divorce, legal separation might be a good alternative for you and your spouse. Legal separation allows spouses to live separate lives and divide their assets and debts without ending their marriage.

If you are looking for a time-out from the hassle of your marital conflict, our San Fernando Valley legal separation attorneys at Kraft Miles, A Law Corporation can help. Our knowledgeable legal team can assist you in drafting an agreement that is suitable to both you and your spouse to ensure that your time of separation begins and continues smoothly.

To learn more about legal separation laws in California and to find out if legal separation is right for you, contact our experienced family lawyers at (818) 462-5076.

California Legal Separation Agreements

A legal separation agreement is a legally binding contract between spouses that encompasses many of the same issues as a divorce.

Matters that must be dealt with in a legal separation agreement include:

The decision to end a marriage can be difficult, especially when children are involved. That is why so many people choose the option of legal separation prior to or in place of divorce.

Many couples choose legal separation because:

  • It is reversible
  • It gives spouses a trial period to determine if divorce is the right option
  • It allows couples to keep their legal marital status for healthcare or immigration purposes
  • It allows couples to refrain from violating religious or personal convictions about divorce
  • It does not have a minimum residency requirement or a waiting period

If you end up deciding to divorce during or after a legal separation, California law allows you to convert your separation to a divorce. Filing for a legal separation also begins the six-month waiting period for a final divorce decree. This means you can start living life apart prior to the completion of the divorce process.

We Can Help You File for Legal Separation

If you think you need a break from your marriage, you can count on our San Fernando Valley legal separation lawyers to walk you through the process. We can help you understand the legal and financial implications of a legal separation and ensure the protection of your assets and your rights every step of the way. Joy Kraft Miles uses her skills as a family law certified specialist to lead the team in advocating for our clients through even the toughest of legal matters.

Schedule your free case evaluation with our firm in Woodland Hills by calling (818) 462-5076.

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WHAT DO OUR CLIENTS
HAVE TO SAY?

  • This attorney is rare and I can promise you she is a 1 out of 100 type lawyer.

    “After having lost twice, I saw no hope in sight. I just wanted to be around my son more. I came to Kraft Miles with just my courage and she immediately gave me hope. My ex hired an extremely strong attorney. I'd gone through one attorney that sucked and tried to represent myself on the 2nd time around, only to be taken for a ride by my ex's attorney. Ms. Kraft Miles came in and turned it around. She won my case and got me almost a month of extra vacation time a year with my son. She is uber-confident and knowledgeable. Best litigator by far and to make things better she cares about her clients and strives to have you walking away happy. This attorney is rare and I can promise you she is a 1 out of 100 type lawyer.”

    Oscar A.

  • Mrs. Miles's ability to derive a solution along with her knowledge of the legal process was the key to allowing me to be the father I was prior to the separation.

    “I met Mrs. Miles because I needed help regarding a child custody case. Prior to obtaining Mrs. Miles, I dealt with another attorney for 15 months and was not making forward progress. Mrs. Kraft listened to my needs, requested a copy of my file, prepared the necessary documents and informed me of our court date. When we went to court she represented me in a FAR SUPERIOR way than my prior council. Due to the number of complications/errors on behalf of previously involved parties the documentation Mrs. Miles drafted was very thorough addressing all aspects of my case. We achieved the desired results within a couple months (3-4) and there were no needs for repetitive visits to the courthouse. Mrs. Miles's ability to derive a solution along with her knowledge of the legal process was the key to allowing me to be the father I was prior to the separation.”

    Former Client

  • Bottom line a stellar attorney!

    “She worked well with the other side too--finding creative compromises but firm when she needed to be.”

    Erika

  • She handles each matter with care

    “I am a family lawyer. I regularly refer matters to Joy with confidence. She handles each matter with care. Joy is always looking for ways to improve her practice”

    Peter W.

  • Although divorce is obviously an extremely stressful and overwhelming situation, Joy helped me feel empowered.

    “I highly recommend Joy Kraft Miles! She assisted me with my divorce. Although divorce is obviously an extremely stressful and overwhelming situation, Joy helped me feel empowered. She was extremely efficient, thorough and professional. I am highly impressed by her and recommend anyone that is going through a divorce (although I hope you don't have to) to use her services! Thank you Joy for your assistance!”

    Megan

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KRAFT MILES, A LAW CORPORATION:

THE TEAM ON YOUR SIDE
  • Se habla español.

  • Our team has more than 60 years of combined experience.

  • We will always prioritize your best interests.

  • Initial consultations are always FREE.

  • Our team is compassionate and understanding.

  • Representation is fairly priced.