Separation agreements allow you to outline specifically in a divorce what you agree to. This might include details about child support, alimony, taxes, and name changes. What you put in the agreement is specific to the situation and concerns you may have.
Separation agreements in Connecticut function as a contract when signed by the parties, but not binding until you get the approval of the judge. If a judge thinks it is unfair, or that someone was forced to sign it, he or she may not sign off on it. Further, when children are involved, the agreement must be seen as in the “best interest of the child,” for a judge to approve it.
Having legal counsel is important when writing a separation agreement. Many of the issues involved are complicated and may change over time. A lawyer can examine your particular needs and situation to determine what is fair.
In Connecticut, a lawyer can draw up a separation agreement for both parties in a divorce, although, both parties have to consent and they have to be advised of seeking their own independent legal counsel.
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