Question #14: Do you have to have a separation before divorce?

You did not indicate what state you were living in, but in New York although it is not technically necessary to have a separation before the divorce, in practical terms it is important to enter into a Separation Agreement spelling out the exact terms of the separation, (including child custody, child support, spousal support, division of marital assets, etc.) .This does not mean that there must be a waiting period between the Separation and the Divorce. They are generally prepared together in one package and submitted to the Court for approval at the same time. If you are located in the NYC metro area, please call me at 212-370-1660 to discuss the matter further.
Leonard M. Weiner, Esq. / Divorce Solutions