Do you have to be legally separated before filing for a Divorce in CA?

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Question:

In California, do you have to be legally separated first before you can file for a Divorce? And if so, for how long?

Answer:

In many states, couples are required to be legally separated before your divorce can become complete.  This period was originally called the “cooling off period.”  However, during this time you may be represented by an attorney to ensure your rights are fully represented.  This period may also require one party to provide financial support to the other individual, which is often referred to as temporary maintenance or alimony payments. 

It is required for couples to abide by Separation in California for a period of six months before the divorce can become final.

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