The most effective way to settle issues surrounding separation is by coming to an agreement. Separation Agreements allow both parties to come to agreement with regards to Parenting Time, Child Support, Spousal Support, and Property Division. A Separation Agreement may be facilitated through Mediation, but this agreement may also be facilitated through discussions between either party and their respective counsel.
At Baker Newby LLP our separation agreements are drafted with the latest statute and case law in mind. It is always best to consult a lawyer before signing an agreement, for it may be difficult to make changes in the future and you want to be best protected from any un-expected future court challenges.
If an agreement is not reached between spouses or with the assistance of a mediator, court may be necessary, leaving the terms of the agreement up to a judge.
Why should I use a Separation Agreement?
A Separation Agreement gives you more control than the court process. A Separation Agreement allows both parties to come to an agreement on aspects such as Parenting Time and Property Division, in a way that works best for your family.
A Separation Agreement can also cut down on costs, such as the cost of going to court. However, a Separation Agreement does require both parties to act reasonably.
What is included in a Separation Agreement?
A Separation Agreement can include:
- Guardianship and Parenting time;
- Child Support;
- Spousal Support;
- Property Division;
- Asset Division;
- Debt Division;
- Freedom from interference; and
- Many more concerns.
A Separation Agreement does not legally end your marriage or common law relationship.
Does a Separation Agreement have to cover everything?
No. A Separation Agreement can simply include an agreement on Spousal Support or Child Support. Separation Agreements can be tailored to your family’s needs.
When can I get a Separation Agreement?
You can create a Separation Agreement at anytime. Separation Agreements may be created before or after someone files for divorce.
For more tailored answers to your questions, please contacts our offices at (604) 792-1376.
Our lawyers have extensive knowledge in crafting Separation Agreements. Contact our offices at (604) 792-1376 to schedule an appointment with one of our lawyers today.