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Family Law

Maryland and DC Separation Agreement Lawyers

Family Law

Maryland and DC Separation Agreement Lawyers

When considering divorce, one of the biggest challenges is your family splitting apart into separate households. This process takes more than simply dividing everything down the middle and calling it even, but instead, a carefully planned separation agreement. Not only will it help clarify expectations in the future as far as your role and responsibilities in the marriage, but it can lay the groundwork for a smoother divorce proceeding in the future.

The separation agreement attorneys at The Law Office of Thomas Stahl have assisted Maryland and DC families in creating a peaceful negotiation process that helps ease marital dissolution stress. Our team is eager to assist you in any way possible when transitioning away from a single family unit. We use our extensive knowledge of family law to ensure all the bases are covered in any agreement you enter into.

The Basics of a Marital Separation Agreement

Marital separation agreements are contracts written between spouses that specify the property rights and any alimony or custody expectations before or after their divorce is complete. These are even useful for couples who are still sharing the marital home but intend to move forward separately in their lives.
Many of these agreements do not have to be filed with the court initially to be effective, but ensuring that your best interests are also considered is crucial before signing any marital contract. Our divorce attorneys can review or draw up one of these essential documents and ensure it covers critical issues in separation, including:
Even though a separation agreement will not end your marriage, it helps to clarify ahead of time what responsibilities they have for assets and debts you share. State law also prioritizes the best interests of any children involved in a marriage. This makes it critical that any agreement you create is fair to all involved, though this does not necessarily mean equal.

Why You Might Need a Separation Agreement

Suppose you or your spouse have decided that a temporary or permanent separation in the marriage is necessary. In that case, it is vital to put in writing who will handle things like the utility bills or remain in the home. 
Separation agreements are usually necessary under the following circumstances:
  • One or both of you decide that a break in the relationship would be beneficial.
  • You plan to pursue a divorce on the grounds of one-year separation or mutual consent. 
  • Your marriage is suffering, and you want to move out without the court treating your leaving as desertion. 
For temporary separations, these agreements may be revoked should you choose to reconcile.

Is Mediation an Easier Way to Create a Separation Agreement?

Separation agreements often require mediation between both parties and their personal divorce counsel, who help them settle areas of dispute to reach a divorce settlement they can mutually agree to. This phase of negotiation requires a skilled divorce lawyer who not only looks out for the best interests of you and your children but has an in-depth understanding of what makes it valid.

Even if you are willing to give your spouse everything they ask for, if the family court finds it is unfairly biased to benefit them, the judge may find it is invalid. This is especially true when it comes to matters of child custody and support. Having our highly experienced attorney by your side means that you will not have to worry about questionable provisions jeopardizing a smooth separation process.

Should you not reach a negotiated settlement, litigation may be necessary to resolve any outstanding disputes. This can cause delays in your separation and divorce process, as well as increased legal fees and additional stress to you and your family. These situations are why our firm works hard to find a mutually acceptable agreement that allows you both to move forward with your lives after marriage.

Learn More About Separation Agreements

The Law Office of Thomas Stahl prioritizes and protects our clients’ individual needs as they go through a marital separation or divorce process. You do not want to endure a drawn-out process that could take years to settle, and we make it our priority to help you take advantage of compromises that will benefit you in the long run. With over 13 years of divorce law practice, our firm can advise you on how decisions you make today could affect you tomorrow and help you navigate these tough choices. Contact us today at (410) 696-4326 or (202) 964-7280 to learn more about our family law services or schedule a consultation through our website.

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