Dissolution of Marriage, Legal Separation, and Annulment Attorneys Santa Cruz County

The Family Law attorneys at the law firm of Dawson, Passafuime, Bowden & Martinez can help people living in Santa Cruz County with Dissolution of Marriage, Legal Separation, and Annulment.

Dissolution of Marriage:

Dissolution of marriage, colloquially called divorce, is where the court and the divorcing parties decide how to resolve the division of property, child custody and visitation, as well as spousal and child support.

Legal Separation:

Legal separation is similar to divorce since it resolves issues such as child custody, visitation, support issues, and property division. However, unlike divorce, the court orders that the couple no longer live together and does not order that the marital status is dissolved. Legal separation is sometimes preferred over divorce due to certain tax or religious reasons.


Annulment is a court procedure that makes a marriage null and void. This differs from divorce or legal separation since the marriage is viewed as having never happened. There are varying grounds for annulment, such as concealment of a prior marriage, however, the grounds are very fact specific.

The divorce lawyers at Dawson, Passafuime, Bowden & Martinez can evaluate your case and help you select whether dissolution of marriage, legal separation, or annulment is most appropriate for your particular family law issue. Our divorce attorneys can represent your interests and help resolve any child custody issues, support issues, property, debt, and tax issues, as well as other family law issues.

Dawson, Passafuime, Bowden & Martinez

4665 Scotts Valley Drive

Scotts Valley, CA 95066

P (831) 438-1221 F (831) 438-2812

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