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Long Island Separation Agreements

Separation Agreements in Long Island, Queens & Suffolk Counties

A separation agreement is part of the process of filing for divorce in New York for some married couples. Prior to August of 2010, those seeking divorce in New York were required to establish grounds for divorce based upon one of the following: adultery, abandonment, cruel and inhuman treatment or imprisonment. In the absence of these grounds, parties could complete a separation agreement and live "separate and apart" for one year and then file for divorce. A separation agreement addresses spousal support, child custody, visitation, child support and property division - all issues that will need to be decided or ruled upon in a divorce.

Working with a lawyer is important if you are considering a separation agreement. This is a legal matter best addressed with experienced legal counsel to ensure your interests are properly protected. A Long Island family law attorney at The Virdone Law Firm, P.C. can help you in drafting an agreement that addresses your unique needs and concerns, and we can also help you in filing for divorce after living one year under your separation agreement. We represent clients in Nassau County, Queens County and Suffolk County and offer an initial consultation to help you get started.

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Although in many cases a separation agreement is intended to be the first step toward a divorce, it can also serve as a cooling off period during which time the parties can make a final determination if ending the marriage is what is truly desired. This is exactly the intent of the statute.

Separation agreements may be negotiated by the parties through their divorce attorneys or a separation judgment can be granted by the court. In either case, many matters can be addressed such as the division of property and assets, support and custody. In any of these situations, it is strongly advisable to have legal representation. A Nassau County divorce attorney who practices in this area will be best suited to draft an agreement that serves not only as a separation agreement that will hold up in court if challenged but as the basis for the terms of a future divorce settlement. If done properly at the outset, then time, money, and emotional strife can be avoided.

Contact a Long Island family lawyer at our law offices to discuss your case.