Legal Guide Separation
couples may decide to separate for a number of reasons.
include religious restrictions, as a way to continue marital tax
or government benefits, or simply as an alternative for couples
to ease into the idea of living apart until they decide on an
eventual divorce, or reconciliation.
While it may
seem to be a softer approach, the legal ramifications of a separation
agreement may eventually become binding in a divorce court.
If your intention
is to provide for child
support, or to equitably split assets or insurance costs,
experts advise that you carefully map those points out in the
initial separation agreement.
& child support
for spouse and children during separation are commonly called
temporary maintenance or alimony pendente lite ("pending
the litigation."). If your spouse fails to make agreed-upon
payments, a court order is usually available to enforce the agreement
and, in most cases, you can file the necessary papers yourself
or with help from a local family court.
do it yourself separation
agreements are available for download around the Web and, once
notarized, may (or may not) be viewed in court as legal documentation.
However, an attorney can better advise you on how to protect your
property and financial interests, especially if a separation eventually
leads to divorce.
strapped for cash, look into personal legal insurance that may
be provided by your employer (many companies now offer this policy
for their employees) or seek out free
or pro bono legal aid.
in Home Legal Advisor -> Divorce | Child
separation around the Web:
Separation vs Divorce - FindLaw guide to the legal
process with advice on child support, a discussion on separation
vs. divorce, FAQ on the advantages of separation, a sample
separation agreement and legal forms available for purchase.
Separation Agreement Forms - Downloadable separation and property
settlement forms available for purchase in all 50 U.S. states
with free shipping for paper copies.
Introduction to Divorce and Separation - UK guide to the
topic with specific do's and don'ts, average costs of solicitor
fees, and more about divorce processing, financial and children
orders, related resources.
see in Family Relationships -> Marriage
information provided on these pages is intended as reference
only and does not constitute professional legal advice.