Separation Agreements Can Be Complex Documents

Before you can get divorced in Maryland or Washington, D.C., you have to obtain a legal separation. If you have children, this makes a difficult situation even more complicated. An experienced divorce lawyer can help you understand the options you have available.

At the offices of Douglas Cohn Attorney at Law, we help families through the separation period. As a Bethesda separation agreement attorney with more than 20 years of family law experience, Douglas Cohn can guide you through this very formal procedure and provide you with the personal attention you need to find solutions tailored to your family.

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No two separation agreements are the same. We will listen to your concerns in order to determine the factors most important to you. In addition to custody, alimony and health insurance concerns, separation agreements include a number of other standard provisions, including:

  • No interference with former spouse's personal liberty
  • Plans for inheritance if before divorce and after separation
  • Modification of spousal support

Depending on your situation, we can alter these provisions accordingly. Even if there are statutes preventing judges from making changes, they can be done if you and your spouse come to an agreement.

In Maryland, you must be separated for one year in order to obtain a no-fault divorce. In Washington, D.C., there is a mandatory six-month separation period before you can obtain a no-fault divorce.

In order to finalize your divorce, you must be living in separate residences. If you live under the same roof, but in different rooms, you can obtain a limited divorce. Sometimes people do not have the money to live in two separate places. We can help you explore your options and find a plan that works.

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The separation period can be difficult, but it is necessary. We will help you understand your rights and options during this time, so you can do what is best for your family. Contact our Bethesda law offices online or call us at 301-968-6840 to learn more.