- Separation Agreements
A separation agreement is a legal document that will contain the decisions you and your spouse have made in the Collaborative Process that resolve the various legal and financial issues of a separation and divorce. Although the Commonwealth of Virginia requires a separation period of either six or twelve months, (depending upon whether or not you have children) Virginia attorneys can help you begin to address such issues as soon as the decision to separate has been made, or at any point that you and your spouse are ready to begin this process.
Even if you haven’t yet made a final decision but you believe your marriage is over, we can help you and your spouse work together to make these life altering decisions amicably, in a transparent, respectful and supportive process that will allow you and your children to move forward with your lives. Your separation agreement will be a written resolution crafted by you involving such decisions as division of marital assets, payment of marital debts, determining what will happen with your marital home, agreements concerning spousal support and child support, as well as the creation of a co-parenting plan.
Your Virginia separation agreement will also contain any other decisions made by you and your spouse that are unique to your family. The team of professionals at the will provide you with the information necessary to make informed decisions. You and your spouse will receive legal advice from your collaboratively trained attorneys. The financial professional will gather information necessary to provide a comprehensive and detailed picture of your family’s current and future financial situation. The child specialist will help you create a co-parenting plan which emphasizes the needs of your children.
Finally, the divorce coaches will help to calm strong emotions that will inevitably arise thereby minimizing emotional damage for everyone in the family and enabling clear communication and rational problem solving that serves the best interests of all family members. When you engage the professionals at to guide and advise you through the process of separation and/or divorce, the resulting document will not be one which is hastily slapped together by two lawyers with a win/lose mentality who try to fit your family and your needs into a cookie-cutter mold.
Instead, you and your spouse are empowered and informed by the Collaborative Method to make decisions with care that are specifically tailored to your family in the spirit of a win/win situation that emphasizes your future well-being and accounts for the interests, needs and goals expressed by everyone (including your children).
More information about Virginia Separation Agreements can be found here.
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Virginia Collaborative Professionals (VaCP) is a non-profit association of attorneys, mental health, and financial professionals organized into geographic practice groups within the state of Virginia. We are dedicated to resolving family and civil matters without litigation. Using the Collaborative Process, VaCP interdisciplinary teams offer the support, protection and legal guidance necessary to handle disputes within an atmosphere of mutual respect.