“Bifurcation” is the term used to describe the procedure for severing issues for trial. A court may bifurcate one or more issues on the noticed motion of a party, the stipulation of the parties, or its own motion. Cal. Rules of Ct., Rules 5.175(a)

In marital dissolution proceedings, severance of the issue of the termination of the parties’ marital status from other issues is sometimes desired, particularly when it appears that the proceedings will be protracted and one of the parties desires to remarry. Fam. Code § 2337

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