Separation Agreement

Our Family Law specialists have the experience and knowledge to advise you on putting together a Separation Agreement. 

When a marriage breaks down, not everyone wants a divorce straightaway. In these circumstances, a Separation Agreement is an option.

Separation Agreements record how you and your spouse or civil partner have agreed to divide the assets and what financial responsibility each party will take on.

If divorce proceedings are subsequently commenced, the court will look at any previous agreement to ensure that it is fair to both parties. The downside to a Separation Agreement, however, is that the court is not bound to uphold them and it is therefore important that you seek independent legal advice at the outset to make sure that any agreement reached is fair to both parties. It is also important to make sure that the separation agreement is in keeping with what a court might order if the divorce and financial proceedings are eventually formalised through the court.

You can arrange a consultation about a separation agreement with one of our family law specialists for half an hour at a fixed fee of £125 plus VAT.  A meeting can be arranged in either of our London, Camberley or Wokingham offices.

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  • Acting for an advising a client who had received significant gifts over the course of the marriage from the parents. The client was awarded in excess of 50% of the assets.
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  • Acting for and advising a high net worth client on a division of the matrimonial assets following a short marriage. The case settled out of court and we were able to successfully negotiate a settlement whereby the majority of the assets (including high value properties held by a business in which the client had a shareholding) were retained by our client.
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