Local firm focuses their skills to help you end your marriage

The attorneys at Siegel & Kaufman, P.C. have honed their practice to only handle family law. This means that you receive knowledgeable representation from attorneys who are among the best in their field. Our award-winning lawyers have been recognized for their focus and devotion to this area of law and are highly skilled at preparing separation agreements.

What is a separation agreement?

A separation agreement is a legal document that decides all of the issues involved in ending a marriage. These include:

  • Alimony - Payments made to a spouse during the separation and/or after divorce
  • Child custody and visitation - How the parents share their time with their minor children
  • Child support - How much support is needed to ensure the child has a lifestyle equal to that he or she was accustomed to during the marriage
  • Property division - How the assets of the marriage are divided

Spouses who sign a separation agreement remain legally married (unless and until they divorce), but they live separate and apart and the separation agreement details all of the financial arrangements, as well as custody and visitation arrangements. Our attorneys have experience creating separation agreements and work with you to ensure that your separation agreement offers the best outcome for your high-net-worth situation.

How is a separation agreement created and enforced?

A separation agreement is a legal document created by attorneys. The spouses sign the document and it is submitted to the court to obtain a separation decree that incorporates the terms of the agreement. This decree is a court order, requiring the spouses to follow the terms of the agreement. If the agreement is not followed, it is enforced by petitioning the court. The court can use contempt of court, financial penalties, and other remedies to obtain compliance. A separation agreement is a complex and technical document and one our attorneys are highly skilled at preparing. We make sure all of your concerns are addressed with an ironclad agreement that protects your rights.

Can a separation agreement be modified?

A separation agreement can be modified if both spouses agree to do so. You may find it necessary to make changes if your circumstances change. A new document is drafted and signed. The veteran attorneys at Siegel & Kaufman, P.C. have experience in modifying separation agreements.

What happens to the separation agreement if I get divorced?

A separation agreement can have two purposes:

  • To create the terms of a separation with no intention of divorce. Some couples choose never to divorce and live under the separation agreement.
  • To eventually convert to a divorce. Under Connecticut law, separation for 18 months is grounds for divorce.

If you do divorce, the agreements laid out in the separation agreement become the divorce decree. Our attorneys use their honed legal abilities to create a separation agreement for your high-net-worth divorce.

Is a written agreement necessary to separate in Connecticut?

Any couple can decide to physically separate at any time without any written document. However, if you wish to divide your assets or establish custody and visitation, child support and/or alimony, you can use a separation agreement to do so. Our firm has years of experience in this field and is prepared to create a separation agreement that handles your large and complicated assets.


Contact Siegel & Kaufman, P.C. at 203-326-5145 or use our online contact form to schedule an appointment. We are highly selective about the cases we take, and focus our practice only on high-net-worth cases.


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