Some people consider separation and divorce to be essentially the same, but there are differences between the two. While a separation may be the first step towards divorce, it is not a real divorce, and it is treated differently in court. Although a separation agreement is a legally binding contract, you would generally not have to go to court to conclude the agreement, because a separation is not something in which a judge must be involved in enforcing or governing the agreement. Have your separation contract established by qualified lawyers for a fixed fee that is advantageous to you. There is no need to visit the preliminary courts or our offices. You save more than £750 by providing this service through the hiring of lawyers. It is important to think carefully about the terms of your separation agreement. If you decide to divorce later, the terms of your separation agreement may become the terms of your divorce. It usually takes 31 working days before a separation agreement is drawn up, but if the speed is important to you, it can be accelerated within 7 days; Call us on 01793 384 029 for more information. No agreement between the parties can initiate the court with respect to the assistance, custody, access or education of a child. However, a court considers that the terms agreed in your separation contract at the time the agreement was signed was in the best interests of the child.
If you and your ex-partner have already decided and agreed on what you want to include in your separation contract, you should ask your own lawyer to verify it and draft it as a legal document. You can legally be separated, how long you and your spouse think is best. However, if you intend to use your separation contract later as the basis for a divorce, you and your spouse must have lived separately for at least one year, in accordance with your separation contract. For a new and innovative approach to separation and divorce, where you have access to experts other than just lawyers, visit our Green Divorce page, on which we are proud to offer a collaborative and holistic model of non-process solution. If you divorce, you and your spouse can enter into a written separation agreement indicating how issues related to the end of your marriage are handled.