Separation Agreements Regarding Support And Property

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, and interim financial support of children and/or the spouse.

A temporary legal separation agreement is a common solution for spouses who have separated, 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 lawyer.

Beth Reineke is a Florida Supreme Court Certified family law mediator. As a neutral attorney mediator, she provides affordable drafting of separation agreements and related documents to couples throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee and Pasco counties of Florida. Arrange a free phone consultation today.

St. Petersburg Temporary Separation Agreements – Neutral Attorney Mediator

Sometimes spouses enter a trial separation to allow for possibility of reconciling later. Sometimes 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.

A separation agreement (temporary settlement 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
  • Time sharing/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 prenuptial agreement.

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 St. Petersburg and throughout the Tampa Bay Area.