If you and your spouse are married but no long wish to be together, you do not necessarily have to get a divorce. In Maryland, a married couple can develop a legal separation agreement before or in lieu of a divorce.
To learn more about separation agreements, contact my Frederick law office at 301-219-5038 for an experienced lawyer.
It is important that you write the legal separation according to Maryland Law because Separation Agreements from other States will raises issues that need not be to be raised such as ones on the internet. It makes very difficult to enforce the Separation Agreement. You want to do this correctly for the first time because you do not want to be involved a litigious case where all this can be avoided by drafting an agreement according to Maryland Law.
Separation Agreement can include issues such as alimony, property division including pensions, bank accounts, stocks, etc. The Separation Agreement can spell out what the Custody arrangement should be if any children is involved such as who has sole physical or shared physical custody. If the non-custodial parent has visitation, what type of parenting time they would have with the children as far weekends, summers, and holidays. The Separation Agreement should include what type of decision making power a parent or parents will have. Should one parent has sole legal custody over the major decision making authority such as medical, religion, schooling and other major welfare affecting the child or should the parties co-parent and have joint legal custody over the major decision making authority over the child. How will the parties co-parent with the child? This information should be spelled out in the Separation Agreement among other issues that may be raised when the parties have a co-parenting relationship.
A Separation Agreement can avoid a lengthy and costly divorce between the parties and settle the case where the parties can reach a peaceful divorce without going through a trial where many parties try to avoid. It can include details that provide a clear and concise fashion as to how much time that the children should spend with each parent. Futhermore, it will also include how marital assets should be divided. If any alimony or child support should be paid by party to another, how much and when the proceeds should be paid by that party. The Separation Agreement is a power tool to organize the information in matter that allows the parties follow it.
You should bring an attorney involved in the process to determine if you gave up too much marital rights or receiving too little. It is a plan for the future of yourself and children and you should treat it as a pinnacle document. If it is not drafted properly, it can have detrimental effect on your life and children.Hagerstown Legal Separation Attorney
When you seek the services in my office, you will work directly with me. I offer a hands-on approach to understanding your specific needs and goals. One of your goals may be to have a separation agreement with your spouse before your divorce is finalized.
Separation is apparent when spouses are living in separate homes and are not engaging in sexual relations. Legal separation refers to when the spouses have signed a separation agreement.
A separation agreement is basically a divorce interim order. It is a document that settles marital affairs such as alimony, property division, child custody and support. These agreements are a beneficial way to settle marital matters in a peaceful manner prior to the divorce finalization. Legal separation is also beneficial for couples who wish to part ways but do not want to get a divorce based on religious and moral beliefs.Tailored Legal Services
At the Soubra Law Firm, I will tailor my legal services to your unique situation. I will make sure that you understand your options and help you determine if legal separation is right for you. It is my goal to protect your rights during this emotionally and financially draining separation process, and to seek out the most advantageous outcome possible.Contact an Experienced Family Law Attorney Today
Contact my law firm at 301-219-5038 to schedule a free consultation with a Frederick separation agreement attorney today. I serve clients throughout Washington County.