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Separations and divorces: You can file a separation agreement

Separating from your spouse can be a serious moment in your life; you may not be sure about what you're doing or if you're taking the right legal steps to protect yourself. While divorce should be a last resort, a separation can give you time to consider if you want to get a divorce or work on your marriage.

When you separate, you don't have to sign any legal documents. You're separated the moment you begin living apart, However, you should consider getting a separation agreement. This agreement dictates many things, from finances during a separation through child support or other necessary duties in the case of a divorce.

When you draw up a separation agreement, you and your spouse will need to have separate lawyers. This is for your own protection; you want to make sure both of you understand the full impact of each provision in the contract.

If your spouse won't sign the contract, then you don't need to have a separation agreement. You can work with a mediator, though, if you want to start working on a separation agreement to use later when you file for divorce. This can help you work through negotiations ahead of time, preparing you for the divorce and making the divorce go more smoothly if everything is ready to be filed.

Our website has more information on separation agreements and what you can expect if you are planning to divorce. Whether you're in an amicable situation or fighting with your spouse, it's important to take steps toward a resolution of your concerns.

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