Legal Separation

A couple might choose to get a judgment of legal separation if they want to live apart but do not want to get divorced. This might be for religious reasons or because an ill spouse is still covered by the other spouse's health insurance policy.

A judgment of legal separation will describe how the couple will handle the money and, if they have children, parenting issues. Because the couple remains legally married, neither party may marry someone else.

The procedures are the same as in dissolution of marriage.
For more information, visit the California Courts/Judicial Council Self Help Center on this topic.