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 dissolution when you separate from your spouse or civil partner.

You may, however, want to formalise any agreement you reach in relation to property matters and/or arrangements for the 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. Our Separation Agreement solicitors can offer help and advice throughout the process.

Marital Separation Agreements

A Separation Agreement will 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, then making them legally binding and enforceable.

Separation Agreement Solicitors

If you would like to meet with one of our experienced family law solicitors to discuss a Separation Agreement, we offer two fixed fee appointment options depending on the level of advice you require. For both options, one of our lawyers 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 £200 + VAT or £150 + VAT if you are meeting with one of our paralegals.

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