Moving Toward Your New Beginning
In Maryland, separation agreements represent a major step forward in obtaining a divorce, and can help you begin to move on with your life.
What Is a Separation Agreement?
Maryland Separation Agreements are a critical part of the divorce process here and in many other states. They are sometimes referred to as “property settlement agreements” or “marital settlement agreements.” To be considered legally sufficient under Maryland law, Maryland Separation Agreements must address all issues between the parties, including:
- Property and asset division
- Child custody & visitation, including a detailed parenting plan
- Child support
- Spousal support (or “alimony”)
- Continuation of health insurance
If you don’t have kids, don’t have property, spousal support is not likely to be an issue, and you have a short-term marriage, then a separation agreement is probably not necessary.
Whether you are going to need spousal support (aka alimony) or are going to have to pay spousal support, you should probably have a separation agreement.
On the other hand, if you are in the position that you need to receive spousal support, a separation agreement gives you some peace of mind and protection – knowing that you are covered financially – going forward.
Custody and Visitation Schedules
If you have kids and you want to dictate what the visitation schedule is going to look like, then you need a separation agreement. Without one (and I have seen this many times), you run the risk of your spouse (or even ex-spouse, as child custody issues will survive the divorce) suing you for custody. Even though a court will still have the final say about what is in the best interest of your children, Maryland separation agreements provide strong evidence that you can present to the court to show why the custodial schedule you previously agreed to should be ordered by the court.
Finding the Right Divorce Lawyer in Maryland
The attorney who was the perfect fit for your neighbor, your sister, or your co-worker may not be right for you. And it may not just be a matter of personalities meshing; every divorce is as unique as the parties splitting, and finding a lawyer with experience in the specifics of your case – be it custody disputes, property, or domestic violence – is key to setting up the New Beginning that fits your unique goals.
Why Choose Z Family Law Firm?
The clients who entrust us with their cases say it’s because of our warm, caring approach that delivers results, and dedication to practicing family law ethically, gracefully, thoughtfully, and compassionately, even when the opposing side doesn’t.
We exist to empower clients to achieve the best version of their next chapter. A family law matter isn’t the end of your story – it’s the beginning of a new chapter where you can reinvent yourself.
It’s our goal to offer compassionate counsel through life’s unexpected challenges, and we strive to achieve it every day in every situation, every case, and every client.