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Separation Agreements London

Tailored Separation Agreements to Ease Your Transition

When you and your spouse or partner make the decision to separate and live apart, obtaining an immediate divorce or dissolution may not be suitable for your situation. It is important to get written agreement in place to cover your financial arrangements.

We listen to your situation and provide the practical guidance you need. We always personalise our advice to ensure it aligns with your and your family’s needs and requirements.

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Specialist separation advice for clients across London

When you and your spouse or partner make the decision to separate and live apart, obtaining an immediate divorce or dissolution may not be suitable for your situation. A deed of separation, best known as a separation agreement, can provide the measures you need to move forward in a less contentious way.

During difficult times, you can rest assured you’ll receive clear, practical advice from a solicitor who cares.

Our solicitor can provide expert separation advice, including:

  • Separation Agreement advice
  • Dealing with property and financial arrangements in a Separation Agreement
  • Arrangements for children in a Separation Agreement
  • Divorce and civil partnership dissolution

At Goodsells Family Law, we fully understand how difficult it can be when a relationship breaks down and that your circumstances are unique and pressing. We provide expert legal advice with care and sensitivity and work hard to protect your interests and secure the outcomes you desire.

Our Separation Agreement lawyer aims to navigate clients towards less contentious out-of-court approaches, known as alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods. These methods include private negotiation, family mediation and collaborative law, which are often more cost-effective and quicker than court proceedings.


Over 25 years experience in no fault divorce cases

At Goodsells Family Law, we understand that divorce is a significant life event. Our compassionate no fault divorce services are designed to reduce conflict and simplify the separation process in London and surrounding areas. Whether you are just starting to consider divorce or you are ready to proceed, our experienced solicitors are here to guide you every step of the way.

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Separation Agreement FAQ’s

What is a Separation Agreement?

A Separation Agreement is a document which outlines how a couple will share assets, family wealth and child responsibilities when their relationship has broken down.

Separation Agreements are appropriate for cohabiting, unmarried couples whose relationship has ended, as well as married and civil partnered couples who wish to separate but, aren’t ready to commence divorce proceedings.

Are Separation Agreements enforceable by the courts?

While a Separation Agreement is a formal document, it is not enforceable or officially recognised in law. However, it can be a useful tool to help partners decide how family finances will be handled following separation and how childcare arrangements will work. It can also be a useful starting point for the court if a divorce or civil partnership dissolution is actioned at a later date.

What can a Separation Agreement not do?

Even when two parties have agreed the terms of a Separation Agreement, there is no legal obligation for either party to maintain that agreement. So if, for example, your former partner reneges upon an agreement to pay the mortgage, sadly, a court cannot order them to pay on the basis of the Separation Agreement, although other legal remedies will be available.

If you decide to get a divorce or civil partnership dissolution at a later date, a Separation Agreement cannot dictate to a divorce court how the divorce financial settlement and any child arrangements will work. The court will always seek to ensure that the financial arrangements are fair and equitable for both parties and that the welfare of any children is maintained.

Can a Separation Agreement be changed?

If you want to change the terms of a Separation Agreement, both parties have to agree to the altered terms. However, as with all Separation Agreements, there is no legal obligation to adhere to new arrangements even if both parties agree.

Do I need a Family Lawyer to draw up a Separation Agreement?

No, you do not necessarily need to consult a solicitor to draft a Separation Agreement. However, it is always a good idea to seek professional advice before signing a potentially binding agreement so that you fully understand your legal rights, especially when it comes to finances and children.

Our solicitor can help you to seek full financial disclosure and identify if there are any reasons why you should not sign the Agreement.

If you and your partner have both received independent legal advice prior to signing the Separation Agreement, a court is possibly more likely to agree with the terms if you decide to seek a divorce financial settlement and/or a child arrangements order at a later date.


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