After the Separation Agreement is signed, what then?


I’ve read through as many “Separation Agreement” questions on the forum as I can find, but i haven’t seen anyone ask this basic question.

After the Separation Agreement is signed by both parties and notarized, what do i do then? Do i just sit and wait for a year, and then file for divorce after 1 year and a day?
I feel silly asking this question, but I also feel like there is something else i should be doing besides waiting around for a year. If not, great (!)… but if i need to do something else, i don’t want to find out later that i screwed something up because I didn’t know.

thanks in advance :slight_smile:


If the separation agreement addresses all issues (equitable distribution, alimony, child custody, and child support), and it is signed and notarized by both spouses, there is nothing more you need to do - all issues are fully resolved. You wait until the year of separation is up and then file for the absolute divorce.

Anna Ayscue

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Thank you so much Anna!
I appreciate your response back.

I guess I’m good then…
Looks like I will be chilling out for the next year :slight_smile: