5 Rules of Creating a Virginia Separation Agreement

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 by Hofheimer Family Law

When you are considering a separation in Virginia, it is wise to begin the process by consulting with a Virginia divorce attorney that specializes in divorce for women. An attorney can help you to draft a Virginia separation agreement, which may help to save time, money and the heartache of a drawn-out divorce trial.

When you and your Virginia divorce attorney partner to draw up the terms of your Virginia separation agreement, you will have to keep a few key points in mind. These “rules” will help you to keep from making costly mistakes in your separation agreement.

Listed below are the 5 rules of creating a Virginia separation agreement

  • Rule #1 – Create a Virginia separation agreement that is catered to your divorce situation, and avoid working with any Virginia divorce attorney that tells you it must be done a certain way, even if that way isn’t suited to your needs.
  • Rule #2 – A Virginia separation agreement is a legally-binding private contract and you should not sign one without having it reviewed by your Virginia divorce attorney first.
  • Rule #3 – Don’t be pressured into giving up rights to property or marital assets in order to get legal custody of your children; this can backfire and cost you your financial well-being, without a guarantee that you will retain Virginia child custody.
  • Rule #4 – Include specific dates and times for when each item (Virginia spousal support payments, etc.) in the agreement is to be completed.
  • Rule #5 -Speaking of specificity, avoid vague language at all costs. Leaving something open to interpretation can be a very expensive mistake that will haunt you for years to come.

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