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When my husband I decided to start a business, we didn't think about the legal aspects of doing so. We didn't realize that purchasing business insurance, getting building permits and making investments all required some type of legal advice. But after speaking to a close friend, who also happens to own a small business, we contacted a business attorney. Now, we have the legal smarts to make the best decisions for our business, as well as the legal representation in case something happens to our company. I hope that you find my blog helpful and informative for your own business. It's a great resource for finding the legal advice, resources and guidance you need to get your company up and running.

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Separation Before Divorce: The Dos And Don'ts You Need To Know

Ronnie Mills

When the subject of divorce comes up, some couples agree to part ways and prepare to make things legal with a divorce. This parting of ways usually entails one party moving to another location, and when that happens, it's officially a separation. Separations are more important than some divorcing couples realize, and important events can take place during this time. To get a better idea of what to expect with your separation, read on for the dos and don'ts of separation before divorce.

Dos During Separation

  1. Keep things civil. Emotions can run high and the wounds are still fresh during separation. However, the way you approach certain issues during the first few weeks of separation will set the tone for the remainder of your divorce proceedings.
  2. Protect your children. Divorces are far more disruptive to children, and the family courts do everything possible to protect them during the separation and divorce. Keep things stable and secure as much as possible.
  3. Make things legal. You can get an agreement on paper to help you deal with separation easier. The best thing about such an agreement is the ability to use it to form a permanent divorce decree. As long as the legal separation agreement provisions prove successful, the judge may agree to continue it with the decree.

Don'ts During Separation

  1. Don't forget to ask for support. The judge has the power to order the appropriate party to pay both child support and spousal support. The party that makes the highest income may be ordered to pay child support, but the spouse who needs financial help may need to take more steps to be paid spousal support. These spouses should show that they will be without enough income to live on because of the divorce.
  2. Don't leave out important elements of a separation agreement. You should address child custody, visitation, who lives in the family home, who gets to use the family vehicles, and more during the separation period.
  3. Don't think divorce will happen tomorrow. Many couples fail to make good separation plans because they believe the divorce will be over too quickly to bother. Unfortunately, once disagreements erupt and the parties become disgruntled, it's not as easy to form a good and fair separation agreement. Do it while you still can.

Sit down with your spouse and talk about how you envision your separation. Then take your agreement to a divorce lawyer to be made legal. Speak to a divorce attorney to find out more.