Template

Request to Bifurcate Date of Separation and Set for Separate Trial

Use this template if you want to request that the court resolve the “date of separation” before you move on to issues like spousal support and/or property division.

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About this Template:

When to Use: You and your spouse disagree on the date of separation (DOS) and have been unable to resolve the issue.

Why: It’s a good idea to get this issue out of the way since you might have trouble dividing property and debts and or determining the length of spousal support (if applicable) if you don’t have a DOS. (Community property is property acquired from date of marriage through DOS.) These forms allow you to ask the judge to first make a decision on the date of separation before you tackle the other issues related to your divorce.

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