This post concludes and recaps my series on the handling of legal separations in Melbourne, Florida. I decided to write on this topic due to the fact that many Floridians wish to leave their spouse without filing for divorce. Unfortunately, our state does not recognize the concept of “legal separation” that is common in many other states. Those who reside in our state, however, still have options. The goal of my last several articles has been to provide information which will help people to better understand their options. It has also been my goal for these articles to have provided information which will assist in the selection of a family law attorney. If you require assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I have addressed several topics as part of this series. Issues which I have analyzed include:
- Options for Melbourne spouses who wish to legally separate
- Preparing a post-nuptial agreement
- Filing a Petition for Support
- How a Florida legal separation impacts child custody
- Why spouses may separate as opposed to filing for divorce
There are several reasons why those in our state should understand these issues. First, a post-nuptial agreement can protect the financial interests of a husband and wife who have gone their separate ways. Second, Florida allows one to file for spousal support and child support even if the parties are not legally divorced. Third, it is important to understand that child custody agreements will generally not be enforceable when the parties are still married. Finally, there are many issues to consider when deciding whether to file for divorce or to separate.
One point I cannot stress enough is that you should discuss your situation with an attorney when deciding whether or not to separate from your spouse or to file for a divorce. Each of these decisions will have serious ramifications in regards to your financial future, in regards to child custody, and in regards to health and retirement benefits. As a Melbourne family law lawyer I am able to assist those going through this decision process. Contact my office today to schedule an initial consultation.
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