What is a separation agreement?
A separation agreement is a legal document drawn up between two people to help outline responsibilities around some of the following:
- The mortgage, rent or household bills
- Who is entitled to live in the family home and what happens if it is sold
- Details surrounding debts, loans and overdrafts
- Who is entitled to savings and any other major assets such as cars
- Who is responsible for maintenance support
- Childcare details including who has access to the children and who they live with
Separation agreements are useful to have as they are often used to help clarify responsibilities prior to a divorce being finalised or agreed upon. There are quite a few instances where separation agreements are needed. For example, there may be religious objections to a legal separation carried out through a court process.
When can a separation agreement be used?
There are a few different grounds for a separation agreement, including:
- If you or your ex-partner are considering getting a divorce or dissolving your civil partnership but haven’t completely agreed to split up. It can act as a step towards divorce or dissolution without being completely final.
- In some cases, you may not be able to divorce or dissolve your civil partnership. This is the case if you have been together for less than one year. A separation agreement helps as it helps to determine who pays for what.
Are separation agreements legally enforceable?
Technically speaking, separation agreements aren’t legally enforceable. However, there are stipulations within the separation agreement which can be enforceable, such as terms around maintenance payments or childcare. It’s important to work alongside a trusted, professional separation lawyer to help you navigate the sometimes nuanced rules around this area of law.
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