There is no formal status in Florida called as a separation. You are either married or you are not. Once legally married, you remain married until a court with jurisdiction dissolves the marriage. This is done when the court enters a court order known as a “Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage.” While there is no legal status of separation in Florida, spouses may enter into a legally enforceable “separation agreement.” This can create a contract which will govern the details of the spouses’ relationship during the period leading up to divorce. The agreement may cover topics such as division of assets and liabilities, child custody, visitation, child support and alimony. Separation agreements are complicated legal contacts which should be prepared by an experienced Florida family law attorney.

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