What is a Separation Agreement?
A separation agreement is a contract between a husband and wife stating that they have agreed to separate in contemplation of divorce.
Do I Have to Have a Separation Agreement?
The more intertwined your life is with your spouse, the more you’re going to need one. If you’re recently married with no real assets and no children you can do without but that’s going to cover a very small percentage of the population.
What is Covered in a Separation Agreement?
The separation agreement should address issues such as child custody, visitation, property division, even issues such as who will care for pets and handle insurance issues.
Do I Need a Lawyer for a Separation Agreement?
You aren’t required to have a lawyer but having one will make the process easier. A lawyer will be particularly helpful if your separation isn’t amicable. This is a difficult and emotional time, so take all the help you can get.
Do I Have to File a Separation Agreement with the Court?
Not at first. Once you begin divorce proceedings, you can file it with the court and ask them to include it as part of the final judgment. That way if your spouse doesn’t uphold their end of the contract you’ll have legal grounds to enforce the rules.