Obtaining a divorce can be a lengthy process as the parties deal with an assortment of issues related to property division, alimony, child support and child custody. As a couple waits for their divorce decree to become absolute or final, it is advisable for the parties to enter into a legal separation agreement to protect the rights and set forth the obligations of each party. Separation agreements are legal contracts that should be drafted by competent legal counsel experienced in Maryland family law in order to ensure their enforceability and fairness.
Separation agreements, like limited divorces in Maryland, allow the parties to have temporary resolution of critical issues while a divorce becomes absolute or final. Some of the most common issues addressed in separation agreements include those related to the payment of major household expenses (such as car payments, mortgages, loans), who will reside in the primary marital home, the division of marital property, primary custody of the children, the visitation rights of the non-custodial parent, and the amount of child support and alimony to be paid.
Separation agreements make the process of divorce much easier, faster and cheaper. After a one-year waiting period, an absolute divorce may be obtained quite easily and promptly when a separation agreement has been in place. Divorcing parties abiding by an enforceable separation agreement most often present brief testimony before a master, and do not need to undergo a contested court trial.. The agreed upon separation agreement will become entered into the divorce judgment as a court order.
With the assistance of an experienced divorce lawyer in Maryland, separated and divorcing couples can resolve many or all of their divorce issues without the need for complicated and expensive judicial proceedings. Amicable resolution of these issues is in the best interest of all involved parties, especially when there are children affected by the divorce or separation.
Baltimore Divorce Lawyers at Huesman, Jones & Miles, LLC, Draft Enforceable Separation Agreements
At Huesman, Jones & Miles, LLC, our dedicated Maryland family lawyers have represented countless individuals in the drafting and enforcement of separation agreements. As experienced negotiators, litigators and mediators, our knowledgeable Baltimore divorce lawyers are prepared to handle all your family law matters including those related to divorce, child support, alimony, prenuptial agreements and child custody. With offices conveniently located in Hunt Valley, Maryland, our experienced Maryland divorce lawyers serve family law clients throughout the greater Baltimore area including residents in Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County and Howard County as well as in the communities of Towson, Bel Air, Columbia, Westminster and Essex. Call Huesman, Jones & Miles, LLC, today to schedule your free confidential consultation at (443) 589-0150 or submit an online inquiry form.