Separation Agreements Regarding Support And Property

A temporary legal separation agreement is a common solution for spouses who have parted ways, but may not be ready to divorce. Same-sex partners and cohabitating couples may also benefit from a formal written legal separation agreement. It is critical to have these documents prepared by a knowledgeable separation attorney-mediator.

Does Florida Recognize Legal Separation as a Legal Status?

No. Florida law does not recognize legal separation, per se. However, the reality is that many married couples do separate without proceeding all the way to divorce. 

This creates a legal gray area regarding:

  • Use of assets
  • Payment of debts
  • Interim financial support of children and/or the spouse

Beth Reineke is a Florida Supreme Court Certified family law mediator. As a neutral attorney-mediator, she provides affordable assistance in negotiating and drafting separation agreements and related documents to couples throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco counties of Florida.  

Call (813) 205-6675 to arrange a free phone consultation today.

  • “The end result, a fair divorce settlement that was uncontested.”

Legal Separation vs. Divorce: Which Is Right for You?

Sometimes spouses enter a trial separation to allow for the possibility of reconciling later. Other times, spouses seek legal separation in lieu of divorce for religious reasons, financial advantages, or other personal considerations. 

Whatever the reason, it is important to understand that Florida law does not recognize legal separation. You are either married or you are not.

What Is a Separation Agreement?

A separation agreement (a/k/a a postnuptial agreement) is merely a contract between the parties that specifies the negotiated terms. 

The agreement may address temporary issues, such as:

  • The marital residence (will one spouse live there or both?)
  • Cars (use and loan and insurance payments)
  • Joint and separate bank accounts (use and preservation)
  • Responsibility for bills and debts
  • Timesharing/visitation
  • Child support
  • Temporary spousal support

A legal separation agreement can be converted to a marital settlement agreement if the spouses later seek to finalize a marriage dissolution. Many of these issues can also be addressed in a postnuptial or prenuptial agreement.

Call a St. Petersburg Temporary Separation Agreements Neutral Attorney-Mediator

If you and your spouse are considering separation, Beth G. Reineke can help you get started. Taking a neutral, collaborative approach, she will work to draft a separation agreement that works well for you, your spouse, and any children. 

Contact Beth G. Reineke online today for a consultation. 

Our Approach Sets Us Apart

  • Supreme Court Certified Mediator

    Not all mediators are licensed attorneys - Beth Reineke brings legal experience and practical insights to the mediation process.

  • Over 3 Decades of Legal Experience

    Reineke Mediations has over 3 decades of legal experience in helping families find divorce resolutions. 

  • Litigation Free

    We believe any aspect of divorce and custody can be resolved without a courtroom fight. Beth Reineke has experience with mediating complex property division, entrenched custody disputes, and high-stakes alimony and child support issues. Reineke Mediations provides creative suggestions, gentle guidance, and reality check wisdom from years of hard work in courtroom wars.

Is Mediation the Right Choice?

We offer free phone consultations and reasonable rates for mediation, drafting of agreements, preparation of court documents and other mediation services. During your initial consultation, attorney Beth Reineke will discuss the benefits of mediation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and whether these methods are the right fit for your situation.

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Beth G. Reineke is here for you no matter the case.

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Protect Your Interests In Legal Separation

Attorney-mediator Beth Reineke provides mediation services to separating or divorcing couples who have unresolved disputes.

If you have formally separated and need to clarify legal and financial matters, contact us online or call (813) 205-6675  for a free phone consultation. Tampa legal separation attorney–mediator Beth Reineke welcomes clients in Tampa, Brandon, Wesley Chapel, Land O’ Lakes, New Port Richey, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and throughout the Tampa Bay Area.

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Call 813-205-6675 or fill out the form below to get started. 

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