I'm trying to put together a separation
agreement between my husband and I. We verbally agreed to separate last October, and because of financial difficulties we must live under the same roof, just in separate bedrooms/bathrooms. We also run a glass studio together (the business is in my name and it is a DBA). So I have 4 questions:
1. I understand that according to Illinois law, we are required to live apart for 6 months before a divorce
is granted. Can I state in the separation agreement that until we are financially able, we have to share the living space?
2. Since we both run the business and we generate one income from that business, I want to state that all income generated from the business will continue to be shared until we are divorced. Am I correct in assuming that that will eliminate either party from receiving alimony
during the separation? And how do I state that neither party will receive alimony after the divorce, or is that determined in the divorce decree?
3. When we verbally agreed to separate back in October, we agreed to allow each the freedom to see/date other people. Can I state this in the separation agreement?
4. Once this is written and my husband and I have agreed to the terms of the separation, I know we need to have it notorized, correct? And then do I take it to the county clerk to be filed or do I require an attorney to do this for me? I do have access to an attorney who will at least look the agreement over to make sure I've covered everything.
Thank you in advance for your help!