Creating A Separation Agreement
For some couples who are waiting to complete a divorce here in Maryland, it makes sense to draw up a legal agreement that determines each person’s obligations. If you are not married, you may need a custody agreement or a parenting plan for your children.
Oliver Leffler Law is a family law firm serving Howard, Carroll and Anne Arundel counties with lawyers who can help you determine if a separation and/or a custody agreement will work for you. Attorneys Margaret Oliver and Lauren Leffler can help you negotiate an agreement with your spouse/partner that protects your rights and interests until a divorce or custody order is in place.
To schedule a consultation and learn more about separation and custody agreements, call 410-740-1180.
What Can A Separation Or Custody Agreement Do?
A separation agreement fixes the rights and responsibilities between two parties when they live separately and apart until they can obtain a divorce. When there are children involved, a custody agreement – whether the parents are married or unmarried – can determine the parenting schedule for each parent’s time with the children and how the children’s expenses will be shared. These agreements are binding contracts that can settle issues that are similar to those in a divorce, including:
- Child custody, decision-making and parenting time
- Child support
- Property division, including who lives in the marital home and how any retirement assets will be split
- Expenses for the children concerning who pays for health and life insurance, medical expenses, educational enrichment opportunities and extracurricular activities
Sometimes, only some of the issues can be resolved through an agreement, with the remaining issues needing to be determined by a court. A partial agreement can clarify each spouse’s responsibilities until a divorce or custody order is final. Our attorneys are also experienced mediators, and they can help you and your spouse/partner if you wish to negotiate an agreement amicably utilizing their skills as mediators.
Call Today To Arrange A Consultation With A Lawyer
Margaret and Lauren understand how stressful the divorce process is and how separation and custody agreements can take some stress out of your life. To arrange a consultation with one of them, contact us online or call 410-740-1180. Credit cards are accepted.