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What to do and what not to do during a marital separation

On Behalf of | Apr 12, 2017 | Divorce |

In some cases, a Florida couple may decide to physically separate while they decide whether or not they want to stay married. Separating for several months can also help when couples are trying to work on their marriage, as time and space can help them determine if the marriage was good for them or if they are emotionally better off on their own. For couples who are considering this, there are certain things that they should keep in mind.

Prior to getting a physical separation, both spouses should ensure that they are aware of their marital financial situation, especially if one person was responsible for handling the bills and other spending. Both spouses should close any joint credit cards that they have and obtain credit cards that are only in their own name. This prevents either person from obtaining new debt that the other person could become responsible for.

There are also certain things that they should not do. For example, they should not start a new relationship while they are still legally married. They should also avoid oversharing on their social media accounts as anything they post could be used against them in if they do decide to get a divorce.

Although the end of a marriage can be difficult, family law attorneys may assist with reaching a divorce agreement that may allow their clients to move on with their lives as quickly as possible. This would include issues such as property division and alimony and, if they have young children, custody, visitation and child support. Couples might be happier with the results of an agreement that they have negotiated with the assistance of their respective attorneys than if the decisions were made by a judge after protracted litigation.