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In Brooklyn, What’s The Difference Between Separation And Divorce?

Until 2010, New York only allowed divorce in situations where one spouse could prove marital misconduct, or if a couple had legally separated and lived apart for one year.

While separations are no longer necessary with the creation of the Irretrievable Breakdown grounds, many couples prefer to begin with a separation agreement and try counseling and mediation before deciding whether or not to divorce.

A separation agreement establishes many of the same elements that a divorce settlement would – division of marital assets and debts, child custody and support, spousal support, and more.

Once filed with the court, you and your spouse are legally separated – still married, but living independent lives in separate residences.

Separation agreements are often converted as-is into a divorce settlement, so it’s important that you negotiate the best agreement for you.

The attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino can help.

Give us a call at 718-725-9601 and talk to a Brooklyn divorce lawyer for free.

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