It depends. My first reaction is a resounding NO unless you know she has the goods on you. Even Ann Landers supports my position. Ask yourself why is it I want to share this information with my spouse? Is it really going to help if I want to remain with my wife and work on our relationship? Is it really going to help the situation if we move forward with a divorce? Or is it is really that I am so racked with guilt I have to share this to feel better about myself. Bingo.
Every married couple knows their most valuable possession- often their home, and every couple also knows their biggest obligation- often their mortgage. The home and mortgage provide the basic framework for a couple’s financial picture. It follows necessity then, that the home and mortgage play an equally important role in the financial picture of a couple that plans to divorce.
Many times I have met with clients who have brought in a signed Separation Agreement that was written by themselves or their soon to be ex spouse or his or her attorney. Usually the clients wanted to “get it over with” and move on with their lives, and so were eager to settle matters. However, problems arise.
How many people have told you that they are "legally separated?" There is no such thing! The closest thing that Maryland has is called a limited divorce, and those are few and far between these days. A limited divorce is a judgment that says that husband and wife may live separate and apart. The court can order child support and alimony, but it can't do anything about a couple's property.
Amy and Jim recently separated. Both parties want to limit the costs of litigation, both emotional and financial. Amy suggested they try collaborative divorce rather than traditional litigation. Jim wonders why he should consider collaborative divorce. Below are five top reasons Jim should consider collaborative divorce.