Pennsylvania law does not strictly provide for legal separation. However, you can enter into legal separation in Pennsylvania by creating a Separation and Property Settlement Agreement, which is a legally binding contract recognized by the courts, which establishes the terms of the separation:
Division of property
Custody, support and visitation of children
The need for spousal support during the separation period
This agreement establishes temporary conditions to cover the period of separation. In the event of a later divorce, the terms and conditions of a final divorce decree override the provisions of the Separation and Property Settlement Agreement.
For many couples experiencing marital conflict, a temporary separation provides the space needed to resolve their issues and build stronger family relationships. And even if the marriage eventually ends in divorce, both parties can find it easier to negotiate a fair settlement. The attorneys at DiOrio & Sereni, LLP have decades of experience providing valuable legal insight to guide you through the vital decisions that affect the lives of your family. Call our Media, Pennsylvania office for a consultation.
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