separation agreement
separation agreement n: a contractual agreement setting forth terms pertaining to property, child support, or other matters in the separation of a married couple
incorporated the separation agreement into the divorce decree

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

separation agreement
n.
A written agreement between a husband and wife who have separated and intend to divorce, arranging for division of property, custody of children, alimony, child support, and any other necessary matters.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


separation agreement
An agreement between two married people to live apart indefinitely. Similar to a marital settlement agreement, a separation agreement may define the spouses' rights with regard to property, custody, and support.
Category: Divorce & Family Law → Divorce, Child Support & Custody

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

separation agreement
n.
   an agreement between two married people who have agreed to live apart for an unspecified period of time, perhaps forever. The agreement generally covers any alimony (money paid for spousal support), child support, custody arrangements if there are children, payment of bills and management of separate bank accounts. A separation agreement may determine division of property if the separation appears permanent. It cannot be enforced by court order unless one party files a petition for legal separation or files a lawsuit for specific performance of a contract. If the couple reconciles, the separation agreement is voidable (can be cancelled) by the parties. However, most separation agreements are interim agreements to serve between the time of separation and the eventual divorce of the parties.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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