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Legal Separation

San Fernando Valley Legal Separation Lawyers

Helping Struggling Spouses Start a New Chapter

If 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.

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

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  • Thank you Joy for all your guidance and understanding.

    “I met with Joy and her associate Lauren. I explained my situation and was amazed at how understanding and compassionate Joy was to my plight.”

    Gail

  • A+++

    “She is very experienced and knows the law like the back of her hand. She has defended me with integrity, passion and success. ”

    Jason

  • In my view, they performed a miracle in three hours.

    “You have our sincerest thanks, and Ms. Miles and Mr. Star, who did the best job, possibly, of any mediators I have ever appeared in front of. When I drove away from my home this morning, I had no hope whatsoever this case would come anywhere close to settling. In my view, they performed a miracle in three hours.”

    Michael

  • I was very impressed with the efficiency in this office.

    “They work well together, did what they said they would do, and produced the result I wanted. ”

    Former Client

  • To say that Joy Kraft-Miles is an expert is an understatement.

    “Divorce is not an experience that you look forward to. It's also messy and very stressful because of the emotions and people involved. For me, hiring a lawyer was a necessity not because I wanted to penalize my ex, but because I wanted an expert that would help me navigate the cumbersome process. To say that Joy Kraft-Miles is an expert is an understatement. She is a consummate professional with a solid reputation at the Chatsworth Courthouse. Initially, I tried to tackle the process myself by going to the self-help center and filling out the documents on my own. This turned out to be overwhelming. She took my case even though I had a pending DV case. I spoke with four lawyers prior to Joy who would not take my case because of the DV. She whipped through my paperwork in one meeting and told me my case could be brought to resolution with my help. I listened to her advice, asked millions of questions and continuously asked her and her legal secretary Marcos to clarify terms, rulings, and paperwork when I did not understand what was going on. I trusted Joy from the first meeting. I think that is really important; to trust the person that you are working with. She was exceptional to work with under the circumstances. I highly recommend Joy as she has the highest integrity and is very professional.”

    Lisa

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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.