Help and advice if you are separating from your partner

For any number of reasons, you may not want to take the step of issuing Court proceedings for divorce or civil partnership dissolution when you separate from your spouse or civil partner.

You may, however, want to formalise any agreement you reach in relation to property or financial matters and/or arrangements for children. If you are able to reach a voluntary agreement in this manner, then this can be incorporated into a separation agreement, which is also sometimes referred to as a deed of separation.

At Nelsons, our team of separation agreement solicitors can offer help and advice throughout the process.

What are the benefits of a separation agreement?

A separation agreement does not provide the finality that an order on divorce or dissolution can, but undertaking the practical exercise required to prepare a separation agreement can be of great benefit to a couple, particularly in addressing financial issues for the future.

Although not currently binding in England and Wales, such an agreement offers clear evidence of the parties’ intentions, should they later issue divorce or dissolution proceedings which require the Court to become involved in settling the finances. It is for this reason that it is sensible for both parties to provide full and frank financial disclosure and to seek separate legal advice.

If the parties still agree the separation agreement terms when divorce or dissolution proceedings begin, an order can be drawn up in those original terms, making them legally binding and enforceable.

How our family law solicitors can help with a separation agreement

At Nelsons, we have one of the largest teams of specialist family solicitors in Derby, Leicester and Nottingham. Our experience ensures that we will give you expert advice about your separation agreement, as well as supporting you throughout the process.

Separation Agreement SolicitorsOur expert team of family solicitors includes:

  • Resolution Accredited Specialists
  • Law Society Family Panel & Advanced Family Panel members
  • Law Society Children Panel Members

Our expertise in family law is also recognised by the independent directories, The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

If you would like to meet with one of our experienced family law solicitors to discuss a separation agreement, we offer fixed fee appointment options depending on the level of advice you require. For each option, one of our legal experts will meet you and give you a full assessment of your situation, explain what your legal rights and options are, as well the cost for preparing your separation agreement. This is charged at:

  • £250 + VAT – if you are meeting with one of our Partners or Legal Directors
  • £200 + VAT – if you are meeting with one of our Senior Associates, Associates or Legal Executives
  • £150 + VAT – if you are meeting with one of our Paralegals or Trainee Solicitors

To discuss how our specialist separation agreement solicitors in Derby, Leicester and Nottingham can help you, please contact us via our online form or call 0800 024 1976.

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