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St. Petersburg Legal Separation Attorney

Marriages are full of surprises. Unfortunately, they’re not always for the better.

If you find yourself in a troubled marriage, you might be thinking of legal separation. Although divorce is another way to end a legal union, you might be one of those who are still on the fence when it comes to being a divorcee.

You might want to avoid divorce due to religious beliefs, personal convictions, or the cost and mess it can bring. Whatever might be your reason for choosing legal separation, there is one thing that remains certain. You need a legal separation attorney to help you.

This is where Emerson Law comes into action. We offer comprehensive services that aim to take the legal burdens off your shoulder. We know that the emotional stress of separation is hard enough to deal with. You don’t need all the legal consequences to worsen your day. That is why we are here to assist you in all of your legal activities.

From sound advice to document drafting and experienced representation, we can give them all to you. There is nothing about the legal field that our attorneys couldn’t handle.

To start working with us, contact Emerson Law at (727) 855-6587 and consult our legal separation attorneys in St. Petersburg, FL.

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Florida Law on Legal Separation

Unlike other states, Florida is, unfortunately, not recognizing legal separation under its current family law. However, if you don’t want a divorce but don’t want to live with your spouse any longer, you two can still decide to separate.

Although you won’t be awarded a legal separation in St. Petersburg, you can still go to court to settle legal agreements for child support and alimony. The state of Florida has statutes that allow you to litigate or agree on various family law matters without a divorce.

The following are some of the legal agreements that act as an alternative to legal separation in Florida:

  • Separation agreement. This is a legally binding agreement that gives practically the same results with legal separation agreements awarded in other states.
  • Petition for support. This will allow the custodial parent to receive child support as well as the less fortunate spouse to receive alimony.
  • Postnuptial agreement. This agreement will detail the terms and conditions for alimony, debt payments, and division of assets.

Moreover, Florida law recognizes ‘limited divorce.’ This is almost the same as the legal separation process. The grounds for limited divorce include:

  • Cruelty
  • Desertion
  • Voluntary separation

If any of these grounds is established, the court will then decide who will be the custodial parent for the children, as well as what will be the visitation rights for the noncustodial parent. Additionally, both of the spouses’ income will be taken into consideration upon deciding on a support agreement.

However, if you and your spouse decided to get a divorce in the future, the court will examine all family law matters over again. None of the decisions made upon the separation agreement will remain legally binding without reevaluation.

If you are considering getting legally separated, it is best to talk to a professional. They will explain all the advantages and drawbacks of every legal decision you will soon make.

Consult our best legal separation attorneys. Call Emerson Law at (727) 855-6587 now.

Child Support and Alimony

You’re maybe concerned about whether or not you can claim child support or alimony without a divorce. Good news: yes, you can.

Even if you and your spouse are not legally separated nor divorced, Florida law allows you to request for child support and alimony. This is true if your spouse has the means to provide the support, and you are also proven qualified to receive it.

However, keep in mind that getting alimony is much harder than acquiring child support. If you want to get the best out of your legal action, it is recommended to hire an experienced legal separation attorney. Contact one of our own now at (727) 855-6587 for a consultation.

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

Entering into a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement can be wise if you are worried about providing for yourself once you and your spouse separate. Both of these agreements are treated as legally binding contracts. Whatever you and your spouse have agreed on will be enforced by the court.

Both prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are required by Florida law to be in a written document signed by both parties. No agreements done verbally will be recognized and enforced by the court.

A valid marriage must always follow prenuptial agreements. Postnuptial agreements must always be done with full disclosure between both spouses. The two parties must fully disclose all of their assets, income, and liabilities upon entering into a postnuptial agreement.

To be completely informed about prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, talk to our experienced legal separation attorneys now. Contact us on (727) 855-6587 for a consultation.

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Start With a Consultation

Any separation process can either be overwhelmingly complicated or emotionally exhausting. Maybe even both. And if you add up the separation cost and the legal jargon it entails, it can surely take a heavy toll on anyone. That is why we are here to help!

Contact Emerson Law now at (727) 855-6587 for a consultation with our best legal separation attorneys in St. Petersburg, FL.

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