What is a Separation Agreement?
A separation agreement is a written contract between two spouses or cohabiting partners to live apart on certain terms and conditions. A separation agreement usually includes sections on parenting arrangements, support issues, and the division of property, assets, and debts, among others. separation agreements are usually written by lawyers.
You are not required to get a separation agreement. If you do get one, you may be able to apply to the court to ask for it to be registered in certain situations. When a separation agreement is registered with the court, this makes it a court order, and it may be enforced like a court order.
Although it is not mandatory to have a separation agreement, it is prudent to have one drawn up by a lawyer. It will save you money in the long run, as it is always cheaper to negotiate and settle matters among spouses rather than having such issues settled by the court. Beware of templates found online, and unlicensed non-lawyers providing separation agreement services. Contact us today for your free consultation.