A primary objective of the divorce process is to reach a final agreement on matters such as property division, spousal support, child support and parenting time. Until that agreement is reached, however, the period of separation may be fraught with uncertainty.
To help alleviate your worries during separation, it is a good idea to establish a temporary agreement with your spouse. A long-term agreement may take some time to sort out, but you can still address any separation issues with a temporary arrangement.
Something to keep in mind is that the actions you take now could have a major impact on your divorce settlement, so it is important to develop a plan that protects your interests. An experienced family law attorney can help you address any immediate concerns, such as temporary alimony, child support and time sharing. Having a temporary agreement in place can provide structure in an otherwise uncertain time leading up to the finalization of the divorce.
There may also be questions of whether you or your spouse should have access to individual marital assets, such as a vehicle or the family home. A separation agreement can clarify who can use the car and who will continue living in the residence.
If domestic violence is a concern, then you can file for a temporary restraining order in addition to creating a separation agreement.
In any case, it is important not to do anything during separation that could be damaging to your case.
If you want to learn more about divorce planning, then our Legal Separation overview is a good place to start.