Understanding Legal Separation In Maryland
If you are a Maryland resident and are considering separating from your spouse for a period of time and possibly divorcing, it makes sense to protect your rights by having a formal agreement in place. Properly drafted separation agreements are valid upon execution until terminated or overridden by court order.
With a separation agreement, you and your spouse can decide on terms of parenting time, spousal support, use of the family home and motor vehicles, and division of marital property. If the separation agreement is later incorporated or tweaked to become part of your divorce settlement, it becomes a binding legal judgment.
Is A Separation Agreement Right For You
In most cases, a marital separation is an informal agreement that one party move out of the family home for a while. What many people don’t realize is that an informal separation is not recognized by the courts. The legal marriage contract and all the legal obligations that come with it remain in place.
In Maryland, legal separation is technically referred to as limited divorce.
By laying the groundwork for a fair custody, visitation and property settlement in a one-year limited divorce (legal separation) agreement, you can save a substantial amount of money and frustration if you decide to file for divorce later.
Couples may choose to separate for a variety of reasons. However, it is important that your separation agreement is tailored to your unique goals and family dynamics. I work one-on-one with each client to craft the best strategy to resolve disputes. I work with clients to understand each client’s unique situation, as well as their goals. With a strong understanding of your individual circumstances, I will explain the options available to you, and how those options serve your best interests.
Call Abney at Law, P.C., to discuss your marital circumstances. A initial consultation to evaluate your case and explain how a separation agreement may help you while you are laying the groundwork for improving your marriage — or filing for divorce.
From offices in Rockville, I can assist you anywhere in the surrounding areas of Maryland. Call my office at 301-850-4972 for a in-person consultation.
Protect Your Rights By Creating A Formal Agreement
Every issue in a divorce can be covered in a separation agreement, including:
- Child custody and parenting rights
- Child support and visitation
- Levels of spousal support
- Property division
- Use of the family residence
I’m Ready To Assist You, So Contact Me Today
Call me at 301-850-4972 or use the convenient email form to arrange a consultation in my office. My firm is located near the Rockville Metro Station, just steps from the circuit courthouse. My office hours for consultations are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
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