The Separation Agreement is a confusing name for an important document. For couples who are about to divorce, there is often uncertainty as to what a Separation Agreement actually is. A Separation Agreement would be better described or easy to grasp if it was called a Divorce Agreement, but Massachusetts commonly refers to the document as a Separation Agreement.
A Separation Agreement is a written document that describes the terms of the divorce. Once signed, it becomes the legal document that will be used for a no-fault divorce in Massachusetts.
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Some of the topics that need to be addressed, in detail, in a Separation Agreement in Massachusetts include:
- Property, division of assets, life insurance, vehicles, debts and liabilities, alimony, taxes, living situation, inheritance, and health insurance. If children are involved the Separation Agreement also needs to address a parenting plan, custody, child support, education, moving, travel, religion, and more.
- The Separation Agreements need to be signed, notarized, and then filed with the Probate and Family Court Department. A judge will then review the Separation Agreement and approve the Separation Agreement if she or he finds it to be fair and reasonable given the circumstances. Or, the judge may ask that parts of the Separation Agreement be clarified or changed. Finally, the judge may reject the agreement if she or he is not satisfied with it and deems it unfair or unreasonable.
- Once the judge is satisfied with and approves the agreement, it will become enforceable by the court.
Hiring an experienced attorney to draft your Separation Agreement will ensure that your Separation Agreement is ultimately approved by the Court, which saves time and money.
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