Protect your interests if you decide to legally separate

On Behalf of | Dec 11, 2023 | Divorce

The decision to move forward with divorce is not an easy one to make. In fact, you may not be ready to take this step, but you could be looking for a way to live separately while you determine what to do next. If this sounds like your situation, a legal separation could be the most beneficial way for you to protect your interests during this time of transition. With this type of arrangement, you and your spouse will remain legally married, yet you will live separately.

If you believe that a legal separation is the best choice for your current situation, it is important that you protect your interests. One way you can do this is by drafting a formal legal separation agreement. This will outline financial matters, custody, who will remain in the home and other critical details during your time of separation.

The terms and details matter

The terms of your legal separation agreement matter. The more details you can include in your separation agreement, the less likely it will be that confusion or disputes arise between you and the other party. For many Oklahoma couples, a separation agreement can serve as the foundation for a future divorce agreement if the couple decides to move forward with that step. Some of the details you may want to include in your agreement include:

  • Custody and visitation schedules
  • Spousal support and how to split important marital assets
  • Which spouse will remain in the marital home
  • How spouses will share financial responsibilities for the children

In many cases, it is prudent to remain married instead of moving directly into divorce. Remaining legally married allows you to share some benefits, just as with taxes and insurance, but it provides you the space you need to consider your future. However, it is best to have a formal agreement instead of simply moving out.

Assistance with legal agreements

If you are considering a legal separation, you will benefit from having the insight of a knowledgeable professional who can assist you with a formal agreement. This guidance can be useful as you consider your options and create an agreement that will shield your interests at this stage of your life. Before you agree to terms or make important decisions for the future, you may find it beneficial to first seek an understanding of your rights and options.