What Happens On Separation?

On separation all sorts of questions arise involving obligations and possible rights of the husband and wife, including:
  • right to remain in the matrimonial home, with contents, regardless of ownership;
  • division of family property and possible sale of items and division of proceeds;
  • child custody and access (visitation rights);
  • child and/or spousal support;
  • other possible orders for the protection or safety of children or a spouse;
  • as between the spouses, after separation, a spouse has the obligation to take all reasonable steps to become financially independent of the other spouse.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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