Separation vs. abandonment?


#1

If he leaves w/o forwarding address, neglects the bills, doesn’t pay child support (or PSS, if awarded), and completely drops off the face of the earth, that is abandonment.

But one party simply relocating to a new dwelling, keeping the (joint) bills current, paying the child support, and ensuring that the departing party can be contacted, is not abandonment.


#2

How about divorce from bed and board?

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[i]Originally posted by bahumbug[/i] [br]My spouse said he could not leave the house physically in order to separate because it could be a strike against him for abandonment. Is ths true? If so, how do you separarate for a year before divorcing if on party will be accused of abandonment?

#3

Generally, you can meet with an attorney first and execute a non-abandonment agreement, or some other agreement regarding the separation.

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#4

My spouse said he could not leave the house physically in order to separate because it could be a strike against him for abandonment. Is ths true? If so, how do you separarate for a year before divorcing if on party will be accused of abandonment?