A legal separation is a court decree enabling a married couple to live apart with the same rights and obligations as divorced persons without actually receiving a divorce. The couple is actually still legally married, but no longer live together and may request child support, alimony, and the legal division of property. However, neither spouse is legally allowed to remarry. Some states require a couple to file a legal separation before being able to file for a divorce. In other instances, a couple may choose a legal separation to avoid the negative stigma associated with divorce, for religious purposes, or to allow time for counseling and time apart that may lead to reconciliation. In order to be considered legally separated, the couple must petition the court to acknowledge the separation. Here are some tips on filing for a legal separation.
Decide whether to use the services of an attorney or to file the separation papers on your own. It may be wise to solicit the help of an attorney to ensure all your bases are covered. After all, a legal separation is a legally binding agreement. Another option would be to draw up the paperwork yourself or invest in an inexpensive do-it-yourself legal kit.
Meet the residency requirements for your state. Each state is different. To find out what the requirements are where you reside visit your state’s court website.
Include provisions for custody and visitation of any minor children, child support and possible alimony, equitable division of any joint property, and who will be liable for any current debts. You need to be sure and work out all the details because not only is the legal separation legally binding but in some instances it can also dictate the divorce decree should the separation progress into a divorce.
Have the petition for separation served on your spouse. This applies unless you are filing for the legal separation jointly. Once served, the spouse will only have a certain amount of time to respond to the petition.
Notarize the agreement. If both parties agree to the terms of the legal separation the only thing left to do is have the agreement notarized with both spouse’s signatures. If one spouse contests the separation, a judge will have to make the final decisions about the separation in court.
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AS A REMINDER TO ALL SINGLE MEN SHACKING UP WITH A WOMAN. UNLESS YOU LIVE IN ARIZONA OR CALIFORNIA, YOU HAVE
ASSUMED RIGHTS TO, OR SAY ABOUT, ANY CHILD BORN OUT OF WEDLOCK. ONLY THE COURTS CAN GRANT YOU ANY RIGHTS.
I REPEAT, SINGLE FATHERS IN 97% OF THE U.S. AND ITS TERRITORIES HAVE NO RIGHTS. YOU ARE FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE, BUT YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS UNTIL YOU ARE GRANTED THEM. THE MOTHER HAS AUTOMATIC SOLE LEGAL CUSTODY OF THE CHILD.
SINGLE MEN MAKE THEMSELVES INTO A SLAVE CLASS THAT MUST ASK PERMISSION OF THE MASTER (THE MOTHER) OR HER LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE (THE COURTS) FOR PERMISSION TO SEE YOUR CHILD. AND EVEN THAN, 60% OF THE TIME, ACCORDING TO GOVERNMENT STUDIES, YOU WILL BE DENIED ACCESS TO YOUR CHILD, LOSING ALL CONTACT WITHIN FIVE YEARS.
SHE GOES TO CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT TO REQUEST AN ORDER PLACED ON YOU.
YOU GET SERVED.
YOU PAY FOR THE DNA TEST.
YOU PAY ALL COURT COSTS.
YOU PAY ATTORNEY FEES.
IF THE CHILD IS UP TO 18 YEARS OLD, YOU PAY RETROACTIVE CHILD SUPPORT, PLUS UP TO 18 YEARS INTEREST PENALTIES, BASED ON YOUR CURRENT INCOME, NOT WHAT YOU’VE EARNED OVER THE YEARS, EVEN IF YOU WERE UNDERAGE AND NOT WORKING AT THE TIME SHE GOT PREGNANT.
SINCE THE HEARING IS STRICKLY MEANT TO ESTABLISH SUPPORT, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO FILE FOR CUSTODY AND/OR VISITATION RIGHTS. THAT REQUIRES A SEPARATE HEARING, WHICH YOU WILL ALSO PAY FOR.
WHETHER YOU ARE LIVING WITH HER YOUR NOT, YOU VOLUNTARILY SELL YOURSELF INTO SLAVERY THE MOMENT YOU TOOK YOUR PECKER OUT OF YOUR PANTS WITH A WOMAN YOU WERE NOT MARRIED TO. SHE HAS 100% OF THE RIGHTS AND YOU HAVE NONE.
I've worked with divorced and single fathers for 20 years.