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If you and your spouse have decided to separate and are contemplating divorce, you need a written separation agreement. This legal document will spell out your new financial and living arrangements. It should also outline how your assets will be divided as well as your debts. Finally, it encompasses important decisions regarding any children you have.
Despite the common use of the term “legal separation,” separation is not recognized as a legal status between two people in Florida. You and your spouse are either married or divorced. And a separation agreement doesn’t end a marriage.
However, if you eventually proceed with a divorce, that separation agreement can serve as the foundation of the divorce order by a judge. For that reason, a separation agreement is not something to be taken lightly or prepared on your own. You’ll want to have an experienced separation lawyer assist in its creation.
Writing a Separation Agreement
Schlegel Law Group works with traditional and same-sex couples in the Orlando area to create fair separation agreements that represent the best interests of all parties involved, including children.
It takes into account situations as they exist today and plans for how to handle future decisions. Ultimately, it should help you to avoid fighting over issues in court, which can be costly, not to mention their emotional toll.
A separation agreement should be comprehensive, covering all issues such as:
- Child Custody and Visitation
- Child Support Payments
- Spousal Support
- Asset and Debt Division
- Property Division Including Family Home
- Health Insurance
- Tax Refunds, Liabilities and Other Issues
- Retirement Plans
- Future Dispute Settlement
Working on your behalf, Schlegel Law Group will negotiate a separation agreement in which you and your spouse may have had to compromise but you’re both reasonably satisfied with the results.
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