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Sometimes when a marriage is no longer working for either you alone or both you and your spouse, you may wish to separate. A separation period may help you decide whether you should make your separation final through a divorce or whether you and your spouse can restore your relationship and reconcile your differences. You may think that merely by having one of you move out of your home, your separation will complete. However, that is not the case unless you have a formal legal separation agreement drafted and finalized.

At Simon Law Group, PLLC, you can work with a family lawyer who has been practicing for more than a decade and who provides dedicated and determined legal advocacy to clients throughout Suffolk County. Attorney Lance Simon is well-versed in New York family law, court procedures, and the methods for helping clients move forward to optimum results through such practices as mediation. Our firm focuses most of its practice on family law; we spend day in and day out resolving all of the various dispute issues that can arise in a domestic environment.

Need a separation agreement? Call Simon Law Group, PLLC at (631) 237-9525 or contact us online to book a free, initial consultation today.

What Is a Separation Agreement in New York?

A separation agreement is a legal document that lays out the terms and conditions of your separation. It delineates the rights and responsibilities of both parties during the time that you live apart. Without this formal agreement, you will remain responsible for any debts your spouse incurs and any property you acquire will be subject to division and distribution as marital property should you divorce. A separation agreement does not end your marriage. However, per this agreement, you and your spouse will adhere to specific arrangements as laid out in the agreement. The agreement is voluntary and must be in writing.

Generally, a separation agreement can include arrangements for the following:

  • How marital assets, property, and debt will be divided and handled
  • How the bills will be paid
  • How child custody will be handled including parenting plans for visitation, holiday schedules, summer vacations, etc.
  • How child support will be resolved
  • Whether spousal support will be needed and/or provided to a spouse with a lower income
  • How retirement accounts or pensions will be handled/divided
  • Any other pressing issue that needs to be resolved, such as who will remain in the family home, how any additional expenses for children will be handled, and more

Both you and your spouse must agree to the contents of the agreement. Courts cannot force either party to sign a separation agreement. If it becomes contested, you will have to find a way to resolve your dispute or pursue a divorce. Once it is written, notarized, and filed with the County Clerk, a court can then enforce its terms.

Separation agreements can be written to last for any length of time. If you plan to use your legal separation to convert it into a divorce, you must live separate and apart for at least one year. However, a formal legal separation agreement is not required to get a divorce. That can be done at any time by filing a no-fault divorce.

Talk to Our Suffolk County Separation Agreement Attorney

You and your spouse can write your own separation agreement. However, it is not recommended without oversight from an attorney who has the legal knowledge needed to ensure that your rights are protected. At Simon Law Group, PLLC, we can ensure that your agreement is written per the law to be legally binding, that it is legally finalized through the court system, and that full protections are in place to benefit you and your children.

Reach out to us at (631) 237-9525 to get started today.

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    Lance Simon

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    Attorney Lance Simon founded Simon Law Group, PLLC in Suffolk County, New York in 2011. Having been through two divorces himself and witnessing the toll it took on his children, he started his firm in the hopes of helping others cope with similarly difficult situations. Lance always strives to be straightforward, compassionate, and respectful to his clients while aggressively fighting for them in their time of need. Lance began serving others long before he began practicing law in 2008. He ...
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