Instead of moving directly to divorce, a family lawyer may suggest another option for those not quite ready to proceed with filing. Legal separation is when a married couple signs an agreement drafted by a family lawyer that declares their intent to separate. After signing this document, the couple has agreed on separation terms, but has not progressed to divorce and is still legally married in the eyes of the law.

Your family lawyer will be able to guide you through the specifics of your situation, but as this video explains, the agreement specifies a variety of details about the separation. The separation agreement may provide for a temporary division of property and debts, child custody issues, child visitation issues, and the payment of temporary child support and spousal support. It is also important to note that legal separation does not always lead to divorce and may give a couple time to work through their difficulties.

At The Law Firm of Walter K. Schreyer, we handle a wide range of family law issues in New Jersey and New York, including separation agreements. Call (888) 511-2837 to schedule a consultation with a family lawyer.


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