What if we’re not ready to get a divorce but we’re going through a separation? What are the benefits to a separation agreement rather than a full blown divorce? At Beckerman & Granados, we know that not everyone is ready to make the plunge into a divorce. That’s why we offer step by step assistance in executing a separation agreement. A separation agreement is a contract between you and your spouse where you decide all the financial, custody, and child support issues without dissolving the marriage. Some of the notable benefits to a separation agreement are the retention of health insurance benefits as a spouse, and the ability to continue to file your taxes as “married.” In the future, if and when you are ready to take the leap and file for the divorce, we simply incorporate your agreement into a simple uncontested divorce, taking the headache and heartache out of the contested aspect.
First, we walk you through a “Questionnaire” which is a complete breakdown of the your rights, the law, and how to reach the best possible conclusion in your agreement. We prepare you to sit down and negotiate with your spouse by giving you both a legal and a psychological strategy session on how to best approach this important discussion.
Next, you negotiate with your spouse, using out notes and strategy. We provide you with a blank questionnaire to help guide you along the relevant areas and issues.
Then, you come back to the office for us to draft up the agreement based on the terms you and your spouse agreed upon. We make sure all the proper terms and language are included to ensure that it complies with the law and maximize its future enforceability.
Finally, you and your spouse sign the agreement in front of a notary and your finished! Call our office today for a free telephone consultation on separation agreements and your rights.