When a couple is experiencing marital issues, their first inclination may be to get a divorce. What some individuals fail to realize is that separation is another option. Whether you need time to work through conflict, addiction, or financial matters a separation agreement may be the best option for you. At Bevilacqua & Bevilacqua in Rhode Island, we listen to your desires to draft an agreement that suits your needs. This legal contract must address the distribution of assets, custody, child support and spousal support. In these cases, one person remains in the home and the other finds a different place to reside. Filling out a separation agreement does allow for similar marital benefits, such as filing joint taxes and retaining health insurance. Although the spouses are separated, they are still required to complete their respective obligations. These responsibilities include the payment of shared bills, custody of children, child support and/or alimony. Each case is different but a separation agreement is a legally binding document that requires you to continue to act responsibly. At this point in the relationship, both parties are relatively calm and communicative in the proceedings. This may be the case considering it does not mark the end of a relationship. Our job at Bevilacqua & Bevilacqua is to make this transition as easy as possible. Having a team of dedicated attorneys on your side and with your best interest in mind can make all of the difference.