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What does a legal seperation agreement look like?

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Cyzygy posted 6/10/2013 09:04 AM

I need to draw one up but cannot afford an attorney. (And I have to have it by Thursday.)

What is generally included in a separation agreement? I've found a bit online but nothing seems to suit my needs. Do they normally include custody and property?

ANY info or insight would be helpful.

itainteasy posted 6/10/2013 09:09 AM

I have never had to do one, but I would want to include property and custody of children and/or pets.

If you don't include who gets use of the house-----if you're staying in it you'll have to deal with him "dropping by" whenever he wants to, and seeing or NOT seeing the children erraticly---or taking your pets away because he "wants" them. (I know there is a member here who's ex broke into her home and stole her dog---and he still has him )

I would think that property and custody issues are the MOST important issues to hammer out in any separation agreement.

I would also think you could use what you've found online and tailor it to suit your individual needs.

Good luck.

standingonmarble posted 6/10/2013 11:01 AM

It looks like a divorce in my state. All the financial stuff is divided up, custody is spelled out. Retirement accounts are addressed. Once entered, it speeds up the divorce process, as all of the haggling is done and spelled out. You really need a lawyer if only to look it over and make sure it lock tight.

roughroadahead posted 6/10/2013 11:22 AM

Yup. Looks exactly like a divorce settlement.

Why do you need it by Thurs?

MyReturn2Me posted 6/10/2013 11:36 AM

I'm in Washington state and LS here is just like a divorce agreement accept we are technically still married so that I can remain on his health insurance. Other than that, it's a divorce.
There is also a clause that allows the separation to be changed to divorce at any given time, where a divorce requires a 90 day wait period.
(All this information is my own.)

Oh yeah, you should be able to find the forms you need if you look at your state/county website for divorce/separation requirements. I have an attorney but I filled the forms out before I hired him, so that I would be informed.

[This message edited by MyReturn2Me at 11:37 AM, June 10th (Monday)]

Phoenix1 posted 6/10/2013 19:42 PM

In my state all dissolution/divorce forms are readily available at the court house/online for the DIYers. We also have legal separation as an option, but there is no form for that. When I asked a L about what to use since there is no such animal he said to just use the readily available dissolution form and change the words from "dissolution" to "legal separation." The courts here will accept that. It includes basically all the same stuff as a divorce separation agreement (assets, debts, custody, etc.), but you stay legally married.

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