If you and your spouse have decided to separate but are not yet ready for a divorce, it is important to have a strong separation agreement in place.
At Testa & Pagnanelli, LLC, our Montgomery County separation agreements lawyers have over 75 years of combined experience in helping people create well-rounded separation agreements so they can move forward with their lives. We serve people in Norristown and the surrounding areas.
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Does Pennsylvania Recognize Legal Separation?
No, separation is not a legal status in the state of Pennsylvania. You may still separate from your spouse, but there is no box you can check to say you are legally separated from them in the eyes of the law. You will still check the “married” box.
The state does, however, recognize separation agreements.
What Is a Separation Agreement?
A separation agreement details the aspects of your separation from your spouse. You can address almost every aspect of your separation in this document.
Common factors couples choose to address are:
How to Get a Separation Agreement in Pennsylvania
A separation agreement is handled very similarly to a divorce agreement. The major difference is that a separation agreement has the potential to be temporary or permanent.
A couple may choose to reconcile after a period of separation and decide to amend the agreement as a postnuptial agreement. Or a couple may choose to divorce after a period of separation and use this agreement to shorten the divorce process.
Crafting Strong Separation Agreements
It is important that your separation agreement be tailored to your unique family situation. Our separation lawyers take the time to get to know you and what is most important to you, so we can create an agreement that addresses your needs and upholds your family's best interests.
Although separation is often a first step toward divorce, it allows a couple to work through the important issues addressed in a separation agreement while maintaining the benefits of marriage, including better tax rates. Separation rather than divorce makes it much easier to reunite as a couple if you choose to do so. It also makes it easier to divorce because you have already done most of the work by having a separation agreement.
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At Testa & Pagnanelli, LLC, our Montgomery County separation agreement lawyers will help you draft the best document for your situation. We know that each situation is as different as the parties involved and will help you craft an agreement that works best for your situation.
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