Can I have a breakup? There is no “legal separation” in Maryland. If you and your spouse live separately with the intention of ending your marriage and you do not have sex during that time, this represents a separation. Separation may be a legal reason for divorce, depending on the length of your separation and your spouse. A limited divorce can be considered an advance in the divorce proceedings. This is often requested in early documents, with the intention of amending the briefs just before the trial to seek an absolute divorce. In these cases, a reason for misconduct or voluntary separation must still be invoked in the first notifications, even if there is an intention to change later for a one-year reason, not an erroneous one. A spouse does not have to wait so long to divorce, whether or not he has an agreement with his spouse to divorce. If you want a divorce, just separate from your spouse for a year. Maryland requires that there be no sexual intercourse during the one-year separation and that the parties live in separate residences throughout the year.
In Virginia and Washington DC, parties can separate, but they can live separately under the same roof. For people with children and unresolved custody issues, we recommend trying to enter into a separation agreement specifically on the nature of the custody regime; Determine the level of child care in accordance with Maryland child support guidelines; and to define a clear, precise and determined visitation agreement to minimize custody and assistance disputes. If you own real estate; Have significant deferred benefits, such as a pension, a 401k pension or a defined pension plan for retirement; and have other assets, it is often better to have a written agreement on your assets. In the examples cited in child care, child care, property sharing and deferred compensation, we believe that this is a comprehensive agreement. The separation agreement is a legal document that binds you together for years. It determines your duties, rights and responsibilities of your marriage. If you and your spouse agree to the changes, you can change the contract. When a couple decides to separate before the divorce, they may decide to enter into a marital settlement agreement, also known as a separation contract. A separation agreement is a legally binding contract between spouses that clearly establishes each spouse`s rights and obligations in support, child care and property distribution. It can also address issues such as business interest, debt/expense and income tax.
You and your spouse know your living conditions and goals better than anyone else. Shelly M. Ingram`s law firm can help you establish a separation agreement tailored to your family`s needs. We are competent in negotiation, mediation and collaborative practice.