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If your spouse will agree to participate, you might consider employing a certified family law mediator to help you negotiate an agreement that both husband and wife would be willing to sign.I get so many emails asking me about whether to date someone who is separated, recently divorced, or even fresh out of a breakup that I wanted to tackle this tricky subject.The date of separation can be the subject of much dispute and potential conflict.A colleague of mine recently had a seven day trial just to determine the date of separation. Most spouses believe that moving from the family residence is the demarcation date for their separation. In order for there to be a true separation, one spouse must have the intent to permanently and forever sever the marital relationship.Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
A spouse’s intent is subjective, existing in his or her own mind.
What if my spouse refuses to sign the separation agreement?
There is no law requiring a couple to sign a separation agreement.
If the spouses are participating in marriage counseling; going to dinner once a month; taking vacations together; filing taxes jointly; and/or engaging in other activities together, any one or a combination of those activities might evidence “objective” conduct that one or both spouses did not intend to permanently sever the marriage and thus a court will likely determine a later date as the separation date.
This later date of separation can be instrumental in the characterization, valuation and division of community assets and debts.