Couples in troubled relationships will sometimes opt for a legal separation rather than divorce, citing reasons such as health insurance concerns, religious concerns, Social Security or pension benefits or even a desire to reconcile. Legal separation allows couples to reach agreements on issues like spousal support, child custody, and child support, but Florida is one of only six states that doesn’t have a law recognizing it. “Just because legal separation is not recognized in Florida doesn’t mean you cannot reach court-adjudicated decisions or agreements in areas such as child support and alimony without commencing a divorce,” says board-certified marital and family law attorney Charles D. Jamieson.
These legal agreements can include a separation agreement, which can achieve the same result as legal separation, a petition for support, which allows one spouse to receive child support and alimony without divorce, and a post-nuptial agreement which specifies terms of assets and debts that were held by the couple. Separation is not easy to navigate, especially when children or assets are involved. Even if you say no to divorce, you should say yes to an attorney with experience in legal separation in the state of Florida.
Upholding family rights and defending against injustices, the law firm of Charles D. Jamieson, P.A. can answer any questions you may have about divorce or legal separation. They understand that it is an extremely sensitive and important issue, and they are there to assist you.