Advice on Divorce Law
While divorce cannot any more fix what was lost in a relationship between husband and wife, legal separation can still be beneficial to both parties. While maintaining the status of being married, couples who are legally separation are provided a parameter for co-parenting, child support, and spousal support. With legal separations the doors have not close on reconciliation or resuming the marriage relationship.
This contractual undertaking and court-honored agreement between a couple called legal separation is a condition where the couple choose to live apart but to remain legally married. It often is also pursued when the parties want to stay married for religious reasons, when they want the advantage of documentation of spousal support payment (income tax reasons), when they want to maintain various insurance coverages, or when they do not want to wait for the state’s statutory period for termination of their marital status.
Legal separation also give the parties an opportunity to set out the terms of their divorce in advance. A legal separation agreement can outline whatever terms the couple feels are important, but it typically focuses on details such as who lives where and who agrees to take possession of what property during the separation.
This devastation and wreckage that results from ending a marriage can be a very difficult experience that to attempt to make dissolution of a marriage go as smoothly as possible is an illusion.
There are many ways which the states have accommodates so that the impact of this action can be lessened. And thus the legitimacy of a legal separation agreement. It is the States’ measure or recommendation that if you are going to live apart from your husband beyond a reasonable trial period, you obtain a legal separation agreement – and as mentioned above, it is a legally binding agreement between you and your husband to resolve issues such as the division of assets and debt, alimony/ spousal support, child support and visitation.
There are several steps to take to ensure that you are legally covered in a legal separation agreement because not every legal separation is the same. As with any legal decision, consult with an attorney. During your consultation, inquire about your state’s divorce requirements and particularly ask about waiting periods.
And, before your sign any legal separation agreement you should let your divorce lawyer review it first to make sure that it is beneficial for both of you. It is important for an attorney to review the document because you should consider that this separation agreement could also become your divorce agreement. With a divorce lawyer around, you can be confident that what is contained in the agreement is only for the best interest of all the parties involved in the separation.