PEREZ54 said on
Many people assume that in order to have a “legal” separation, they need to file legal paperwork. That isn’t the case, though. States have processes in place for divorce proceedings, and part of the long list of paperwork required includes the separation agreement. The agreement by itself, however, isn’t registered with the courts. The agreement between spouses – preferably written down – is enforceable as any contract, verbal or written. Most separation agreements include consideration of assets, custody, and support as well as other practical matters, such as visitation schedules and who will carry medical insurance for the children.