Virginia Separation Agreements
A separation agreement is a contractual agreement which lays out the terms for a divorcing couple. This agreement should be in writing, fully understood by both parties, and signed voluntarily. The importance of having a separation agreement is to clearly set the terms of your divorce. Separation requirements for spouses are to live separate and apart for one year or six months if there are no minor children.
Separation Agreement Terms
A separation agreement will spell out the terms of your divorce. Some terms of this agreement may be the following:
- Property Division
The couple would designate the division of their assets, such as homes, cars, bank accounts, insurance policies, etc.
- Child Support
The couple must come to an agreement upon child support that is required by Virginia law.
- Child Custody
As long as the visitation plan is in the child’s best interest the courts will generally approve.
- Spousal Support/Alimony
The couple would agree to the amount and duration of alimony payment.
- Attorney Fees
Depending on your situation, one spouse may be made to pay or help with the attorney fees and court costs created by the other. Whether either party pays part or all the fees will be left for the courts to decide.
By having a separation agreement in place, this will assist you in dissolving the marriage without it being prolonged in the court system. Should the divorcing couple disagree on the various terms of their divorce, the courts will make these decisions for them.
Contact the Experienced Virginia Separation Agreement Attorneys of Riley Law, PLLC
Whether couples are seeking a separation or divorce, their emotions and the tension between them isn’t conducive to deal with the variety of issues that separating or divorcing creates. The attorneys with Riley Law, PLLC have the expertise and knowledge of Virginia’s complex divorce laws in regards to separation, divorce, child custody and spousal payments. We help our clients know what their rights are and we aggressively support our clients to help them through these important decisions. Call Riley Law, PLLC today at (757) 851-3888.
We have handled family law cases in all surrounding Hampton Roads court jurisdictions including the Virginia Peninsula cities and counties of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson/York County, Williamsburg; all Southside courts in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk and Isle of Wight.