How Can You File for Legal Separation for Free?


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Free downloadable legal separation forms are available online through various websites, including LawDepot and U.S. Legal Forms. Legal separation agreement forms are specific to the state of residence, according to LegalZoom, and it is important to confirm the specific state regulations.

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As of 2015, some states do not honor legal separation, such as Delaware, Florida, Georgia and Texas, according to WomansDivorce.com. In states that allow it, the process for filing for a legal separation is much like filing for a divorce, states LegalZoom. A legal petition and all agreement documents must be filed with the court. This includes any documents regarding division of property, assets, spousal support, child custody and visitation rights. Additionally, like divorce, the grounds for separation must be indicated.

If the couple is not in agreement about the separation, then a summons may be served to the party contesting it, and a counter-petition may be filed, reports WomansDivorce.com. If the separation is uncontested, and both parties are in agreement about the provisions, each party signs before a notary, and the documents are presented to the court for approval. All documents must be filed in the county of residence, and state residency minimums must be met in order to file.

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