Your Options For Separation Before Divorce
There are times when married couples in Virginia find themselves in a situation in which divorce is not appropriate or feasible, yet remaining as a couple is not possible either. If you are in a similar situation, it may be appropriate to move forward with a formal separation. At Robert L. Isaacs & Associates, we help our clients in Henrico and throughout the Richmond area draft smart separation agreements that are enforceable and beneficial to the parties involved.
A separation agreement is much like a divorce, but there are significant differences between the two. A separation agreement allows you to live separate lives, with separate finances, yet remain formally married. If you are not ready for divorce, our attorneys can help you make smart decisions that are most beneficial for your current needs and your long-term interests.
Why Separate Instead Of Divorce?
Separation is an option for married couples who are unsure if they are ready to move forward with divorce. This gives them an opportunity to go to counseling, work on financial concerns and carefully consider all options before making a life-altering choice. A separation agreement can address the following:
- Child custody and parenting time
- Financial support for the children
- Matters of marital property division
- Financial support for a spouse
One of the benefits of a separation agreement is that it can serve as the foundation for a divorce agreement if you decide to move forward with that option. In Virginia, divorcing couples who already have a separation agreement are able to skip certain administrative processes, including in a no-fault divorce, making the divorce faster and easier.
When drafting a separation agreement, you have significant leeway to make it work well for your unique situation. Our team can help customize creative and personal solutions that will work best for your family.
Discuss Your Situation With Us
When divorce is not an option, you still have options. To discuss your case with an experienced, caring attorney, schedule an appointment with us by calling 804-728-0228 or sending us a message online. We can help.