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Hi, I'm in Massachusetts. Is there such thing as a separation agreement vs. a divorce?

Lawyer's Assistant: Because family law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

Massachusetts

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My husband filed for divorce. we have a date. now we are discussing mediation.

Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Family Law
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Family Lawyer: FamilyAnswer, Lawyer replied 10 months ago
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Family Lawyer: FamilyAnswer, Lawyer replied 10 months ago

There is no "legal separation," in Massachusetts. You do not have to get court permission to live apart from your spouse. It is legal to live apart from your spouse. There are "separate support" cases in Massachusetts. To get a Judgment for Separate Support or a Judgment for Support, you file a Complaint for Separate Support or a Complaint for Support. In Massachusetts, spouses can make "separation agreements." A "separation agreement" is a written agreement signed by the husband and wife. If you complete a "Separation Agreement" without filing it with the court, it is a contract between you and your spouse. It is not a court order. While it may not be a bad idea to have a contract, it may be difficult to enforce; therefore, you probably will want to file your agreement with the court and ask the judge to order you and your spouse to obey it.

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Family Lawyer: FamilyAnswer, Lawyer replied 10 months ago

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