We know that if you are ready to separate, you would like to do it right. That you are hoping for finality. That you would like it to be over. And that many of you would like to achieve all of that without taking the matter through court.
So we broke the process down into three steps.
1. Step One: Collecting the right financial information
You need a sworn financial statement showing your income and the assets you accumulated during the relationship.
2. Step Two: Preparing a net family property statement
This helps to determine who "made more" out of the relationship. Only married couples "equalize" net family property, by law. But the net family property statement is also helpful in determining fair resolution for cohabiting couples who have co-mingled their financial affairs and created a "joint venture".
3. Step Three: The Separation Agreement
Your separation agreement must be written, witnessed, and signed. Full financial disclosure, and independent legal advice for each of you: those are the two key factors which provide you with the greatest possible assurance of finality.
If you have a separation agreement in place, you can proceed with a divorce after one year’s separation. If the proper arrangements are in place for the children, you’re unlikely to ever need to attend at court.
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