In Virginia a Separation and Property Settlement Agreement (PSA) is a written agreement that is filed with the court (along with your Final Order of Divorce) which addresses the rights and responsibilities of a married couple while they are living apart, and after the divorce.
Issues that can be addressed in a PSA include division of assets and debts, child custody and support, visitation schedules, spousal support, etc.
In Virginia, getting a PSA is typically the first step to getting a simple uncontested divorce. If you have a PSA (and have no minor children) the period of required separation before filing for divorce is only six (6) months, as opposed to one (1) year.
Some of the other benefits and advantages of obtaining a written PSA from your spouse include:
Therefore, you should treat the separation agreement the same way you would a strict contract. Don’t agree to anything that you can’t live with.
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