Separation Agreement Assistance from an Experienced Family Lawyer in Southern Adirondacks, Saratoga, Capitol Region, and North Country
Because divorce court can be stressful, expensive, and time-consuming, we may first determine if a separation agreement is possible. This allows couples to live apart while agreeing to terms like child custody, alimony, and spousal support. This provides couples the space they need, giving them time to hash out their issues and salvage their marriage – all without court interference.
Separation Agreement in Southern Adirondacks Defined
Once you file for a divorce, there are scheduled court hearings and trials ahead. There’s a lot of pressure with tight deadlines, meetings with lawyers, and other legal commitments. A separation agreement prevents all of that hassle and drama. The agreement also includes provisions that outline both parties’ respective responsibilities and obligations. If one side fails to uphold their end of the agreement, then the other may enforce the agreement in court.
Do You Need a Lawyer to File a Legal Agreement?
Both parties should have separate lawyers with both legal teams contributing to the provisions of the agreement. Your respective lawyer can act on your behalf if your spouse fails to fulfill his/her obligations as outlined in the agreement.
Apart from contract enforcement, we assist clients in challenging the agreement on certain grounds. Such scenarios may include:
- Fraud – if your spouse hides assets or under-reports the assets to avoid spousal support, you may challenge the agreement and argue for the court not to enforce it.
- Coercion – if you signed the agreement under pressure from your spouse or spouse’s legal team, that’s sufficient grounds for nullifying the contract.
- Unfair contract – remember, the agreement includes responsibilities both sides must abide by. If the agreement contains far more stipulations for you than your spouse, then that is an inequitable contract and should not be enforced.
We Assist in Every Phase of the Legal Agreement
In matrimonial issues, we always seek the path of least resistance for both parties. A separation agreement is one way to avoid courtroom drama. However, the agreement is far more than just a contract with stipulated terms. At Wood, Seward, & McGuire LLP, we guide you every step of the way in drafting an agreement that is fair and not subject to interpretation. We’ll provide further representation if your spouse rescinds on his/her end of the obligations. Whatever happens, we remain at your side for as long as the agreement is in legal effect.
Separation Agreement Drafting from Experienced Family Attorneys in Saratoga County
Representing clients in Albany, Capitol Region, Essex County, Fulton County, Greene County, Hamilton County, Montgomery County, North Country, Rensselaer County, Saratoga County, Schenectady County, Southern Adirondacks, Warren County, Washington County.