If you want to turn your separation contract into a divorce (also known as a conversion divorce), there are certain conditions that must be met. If you and your partner have reached a mutual agreement on how to dissolve the “commercial” aspects of the marriage, you can both, through a separation agreement, recall the details in an enforceable legal document. Alternatively, if you`re considering divorce, but first want to try to live apart, a separation agreement can help you get through all the practical and emotional reflections about what life apart would look like rather than together. Most importantly, especially when there are minor children of the marriage, a separation agreement allows you and your spouse to work out the details of custody and visitation in advance, as well as to provide family allowances and supplements to child maintenance (“add-ons”) such as health insurance, education and childcare. Generally speaking, the rights and obligations of a separation agreement include the division of property and debt, the amount of support you pay or receive, custody of the children (if you have children), and visitation. Resources such as the Gottman Institute, Mort Fertels Marriage Fitness System, and Suzanne Alexander`s Transformation Marriage have contributed to the knowledge of marital upbringing and helped couples reconcile and/or learn how to create a stronger marriage, even during a period of separation. If you live in Arizona, Arkansas or Louisiana and have opted for a federal marriage, you have probably agreed to a marital consultation and a limited reason for divorce, so you will act accordingly. It is important to note that separation without dissolution of the body is not just the relocation of the house you share with your spouse. If you want to separate legally, you need a separation agreement. As part of the separation agreement, you and your spouse can decide on a number of important issues, for example.B. On the subsistence of the child and the maintenance of the spouses (alimony). As with other marital agreements, a written separation agreement clearly defines the rights and obligations of you and your spouse, both during and after your separation.
If one spouse fails to comply with the obligations arising from the separation agreement, the other spouse may enforce the separation agreement through the courts. While a divorce always involves a legal separation, separation without dissolution of the body does not always end in divorce. In some cases, a phase of separation can actually help a couple reconcile and continue their marriage.