PA Divorce Law 101 Separation in PA
Pennsylvania does not require spouses to gain court approval for a separation which means they may contract privately on their own at any time for the separation of their estate. For various reasons, spouses who are struggling in their marriage often decide to separate prior to, or instead of, divorce. For many, separation acts as either a cooling-off period for couples having difficulty communicating or a slower adjustment toward what will ultimately become new living arrangements for the family.
In Pennsylvania, a separation agreement is a legally-binding civil contract between spouses in which they can resolve such matters as property division, debts, custody, spousal and child support at the time they separate from each other, or as of the time they agree that the “separation” takes/took place.
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