If your relationship with your husband or wife has sadly come to an end, a separation agreement can help keep the split amicable and civilised, allowing you to move on with your life as painlessly as possible.
It is only natural that emotions will be running high in this situation, but at Davis Blank Furniss we know that approaching your break-up from a pragmatic point of view will save you both a lot of stress and heartache in the long run.
How to approach your agreement
If you and your partner decide to end your relationship, the most sensible thing you can do is to each appoint a solicitor from the outset.
Our experienced relationship solicitors will help you set out the terms of your agreement, detailing how you will handle factors such as:
- Financial arrangements – i.e. how you will divide your assets
- Child care – i.e. where your children will live and go to school
- Divorce proceedings – i.e. how you will approach your divorce if you want to legally end your marriage
A separation agreement is an opportunity for you to reach mutually agreeable terms on these topics, so you know where you both stand and what is going to happen.
Is a separation agreement legally binding?
While not binding, divorce courts will uphold the terms of a separation agreement where the terms are fair, have been entered into with legal advice and the parties having mutually disclosed their relevant financial information.
When spouses divorce at a later date it is standard practice to convert the terms of the separation agreement into a Consent Order which is approved by the divorce court, providing a water tight, legally binding financial settlement.
Crucially, the guidance from our expert solicitors can provide you with the peace of mind you need to move on, avoiding the stress of a long, drawn-out divorce. If you and your ex-partner do decide to make your split official, your separation agreement can help ensure a potentially complex process can proceed quickly and easily.