Blog: Ellen’s Divorce Tips

When You Don't Make It Legal

Many years ago, I saw a couple who had been separated for a decade.  They had never filed for a legal separation, nor reduced their arrangement to any sort of writing.  They simply parted company without seeing lawyers or filing court papers.

Neither had wanted to marry anyone else, and neither was in a hurry to pay legal fees to make their arrangement legal.  They roughed out a verbal plan for how the few assets they owned should be divided, and the Husband even calculated an agreed upon amount to pay as spousal support.  

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