When a married couple chooses to end their relationship, they may decide to get a divorce. Some couples, however, may instead elect to legally separate. Legal separation still necessitates many of the same considerations involved in a divorce, such as how property will be divided, whether one spouse will need support from the other, who will have primary custody of any children and the visitation schedule the parents will follow.
Divorces in California sometimes involve an order for one spouse to make spousal support payments to the other party. These orders may be changed or ended if one or both spouses have had a significant change in circumstances. However, a spousal support order can only be changed if a spouse petitions the court to make the change.