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Separation Agreement - We Can Help

A separation agreement is a contract between two spouses that allows them to control the destiny of their lives and divorce.  This does not create a "legal separation" as that does not exist in Virginia - you are either married or your not.  There is no interim stage where you are legally separated.  To be separated in Virginia there only needs to be two things - physical separation and the intent to have that separation be permanent.  

A separation agreement is a document or contract that not only affirms your separation but also allows the couple to settle all issues regarding the divorce.  Not only does it cover the grounds for divorce but also settles any issues with debts, assets, support, and matters involving any children.  In Virginia,. a separation agreement is also commonly known as a Stipulation and Property Settlement Agreement.

There are many benefits to drafting a separation agreement.  It gives the parties control over their future as well as the divorce, it typically settles all aspects of the divorce and marriage, and it can shorten the time of separation for filing a divorce.  We will talk about the benefits of a separation agreement in a blog post.

Often times people ask us whether you need an attorney to write a separation agreement in Virginia.  The short answer is no. but we do not recommend it.  For more information visit this blog post all about it.

For more information, feel free to visit our exclusive family law site for information on divorce, separation, child custody, child visitation, spousal support and child support at

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Separation and Separation Agreements in Chesapeake and all over Virginia

Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as "legal separation" in Virginia.  A married couple becomes "legally separated" when one person leaves the marital relationship with the intention to be permanent and that separation is uninterrupated for the requisite amount of time.

A separation agreement makes it known that you are separated from your spouse.  It also allows you to take control of your divorce without leaving it to a judge and lawyers.  

We have some Blog posts about separation agreements in Virginia.  Hopefully these may answer some of your questions.  If not, give us a call for a free initial consultation with a lawyer.

Frequently Asked Questions
About Divorce or Family Law In Virginia

  • How Do I Get Legally Separated?

    • In Virginia, there is no such thing as "legal separation".  You are either married or divorced.  You are separated for the sake of divorce if you have been living separate and apart from your spouse and when you separated one of you had the intention for the separation to be permanent.​

  • What is an Uncontested Divorce?

    • An uncontested divorce is one where the parties are not arguing or fighting over any of the issues.  They are the quickest and cheapest ways to get a divorce in Virginia.  Want more information, contact one of our top rated divorce lawyers for a completely free consultation.​

  • What is a Contested Divorce?

    • A contested divorce is when there are one or more issues that the parties cannot agree upon.  This means that the Court has to decide it.  This is where having a good divorce attorney is necessary.  Without the right representation, you could not get what you are entitled to by law.  For more information, check out our blog article on contested divorceFor more information, contact one of our top rated divorce lawyers for a completely free consultation.

  • Do both parties have to sign divorce papers in Virginia?

  • Divorce Lawyer Near Me
    • Lots of people want to know about the advantages or disadvantages of having a divorce lawyer near them.  In our blog post we do our best to give you the answer to this question.  "Divorce Lawyer Near Me"

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