Some marriages naturally conclude when a couple mutually agrees to go their separate ways. Still, some issues need to be hashed out, such as who gets the house and cars, or who pays child support and healthcare. To solve them, try a marital settlement agreement.
Crafting a MSA is stressful and complicated, due to those highly contentious decisions. That’s why it helps to have counsel, especially if the other party has obtained an attorney.
After all, there is a lot at stake in an MSA negotiation. If anyone objects and refuses to compromise during an MSA mediation, then the MSA can’t be completed and all parties move to (more expensive) court hearings.
Divorce lawyers experienced in mediation and MSAs can help the parties understand their legal rights and responsibilities. They can also make sure everything needed is done before filing the MSA in court.
Separated and Ready to Move On? Not So Fast, Partner.
So, you have both agreed to split and the MSA mediation is proceeding smoothly. You can hop on a dating website now, right?
You might want to hold on that.
Remember, legal separation is technically non-existent in Maryland. So, even though the couple separates, they are still married in the eyes of the law.
A new relationship could begin during this time but, cohabitating or sexual relations are a definite no-no if you want to have the best possible MSA.
Imagine two grown adults in a brand-new relationship practicing abstinence. That’s not an easy task, especially a brand spanking new relationship. In new relationships, keeping your hands to yourself is hard to do.
Starting a sex-free relationship would require massive amounts of discipline on both sides, as well as your ex’s trust that you weren’t doing anything even if it looked like it.
If you fail to keep a new relationship sex free, then you risk breaking your current “contract” – your current legal marriage – during the MSA negotiation.