Most divorces involve a split of assets and debs to ensure the former spouses are no longer financially tied to one another. For some couples, however, legal separation is sometimes the preferred course of action instead of divorce. This can be done through a separation agreement, which splits assets and allows for the formation of different households, complete with child custody agreements and arrangements. Often it precedes divorce.
The wife of a 47-year-old man has filed for legal separation after her husband was charged with attacking five women. The husband was arrested on Sept. 24 after allegedly raping four massage therapists and a massage clinic cashier, leading to seven felony charges. He is currently living in the family home under a $1 million bail.
The separation agreement was accepted by the husband and they both agreed that they had been separated since one day after he was jailed for the rapes. Though separated, the wife still showed some support and wrote a declaration for the court on Oct. 17 in an effort to have his bail reduced.
New Jersey residents may choose to seek a separation agreement instead of a divorce for a number of reasons, such as tax benefits. Once separated, all financial dealings are separate, including the accruement of further debts. In addition, spousal support and child support are also determined. An experienced family law attorney can help you decide if legal separation is the right choice for you.
Source: Mail Online, "Wife seeks separation from top Seattle lawyer arrested for 'brutally raping five women at various massage parlors'," Nov. 21, 2012