Couples who decide to file for divorce or legally separate face a number of important decisions. The parties must determine how they will divide their assets, discuss the terms of spousal support payments (if applicable), and address other matters pertaining to the separation. As an experienced divorce and family law attorney, I’m ready to help you negotiate and create a separation agreement that allows you to enjoy a bright future.
What is a Separation Agreement?
Separation agreements are legal contracts that address and articulate the details of separation or eventual divorce. Some couples may draft a separation agreement in the early stages of the divorce process, while others may wait until they are further along to do so. This document serves as a tool to make the separation proceed as smoothly as possible.
Elements to Address in a Separation Agreement
Couples can customize their separation agreement to address their needs and circumstances. It’s helpful to include details about how the marital home will be handled, how personal property and debts will be divided, and whether alimony payments are appropriate. If the couple has children, they can address child custody and child support matters in the separation agreement as well. Once you’ve established a separation agreement, you can rest easier knowing that you’ll have a roadmap to guide you through the post-divorce years and divorce itself will bring no surprises.
How a Durham Family Law Attorney Can Help
Although some couples create a separation agreement on their own, those who seek the assistance of a trusted family law attorney tend to feel less intimidated by the process and more confident that they have not overlooked something important. As a divorce and family law attorney, I recognize how difficult the separation process can be. That’s why I’m firmly committed to helping you establish an equitable separation agreement that protects your best interests. I will ensure that your voice is heard and that you have a strong foundation from which to begin the next chapter of your life.