If you are not entirely committed to the idea of filing for
divorce, perhaps a sufficient alternative is to obtain a separation agreement.
Being legally separated means spouses can live apart while retaining their
marital status – either for retaining health care or military benefits,
tax purposes, or religious beliefs.
How Does the State of Florida Handle Separations?
While Florida does not have explicit laws which deal with separations,
you are given the opportunity to take care of the legal terms – such as
property division – of your separation without notifying the courts to petition for
the actual separation. However, it does have specific statements that
involve things such as
child custody and
visitation. Courts will look into situations involving children during a separation.
Furthermore, the courts do not have the authority to resolve any disputes
over the terms of separation between both parties. The separation agreement
is created independently and enforced by the couples.
How a Lawyer Can Help
Family law matters are often complicated and emotionally overwhelming. When you are
facing a separation or another legal issue affecting your marriage and/or
children, you need to receive legal advocacy and support from an experienced
attorney who can obtain the results you desire.
Owenby Law, P.A., we can thoroughly review your situation and determine if separation is
suitable for your specific needs. With more than a decade of experience,
our Jacksonville family lawyers possess an extensive knowledge of Florida
family law to guide you through the complexities of the legal system.
If you are interested in obtaining a separation agreement in Florida,
contact us and schedule a free consultation today.