The document drawn up and signed by both parties, when they reach agreement, is called a Deed of Separation and is a legally binding written contract. The main issues dealt with in a separation agreement are:
- An agreement to live apart.
- Agreed arrangements in relation to custody and access to children;
- The occupation and ownership of the family home and any other property. Also the issue of the payment of the mortgage can be addressed.
- Child maintenance and spousal maintenance;
- Indemnity from the debts of the other spouse/civil partner;
- Inheritance and succession rights.
The Deed of Separation can be made a rule of court by application to the court. This will give you a Court Order and ensures that all the terms agreed upon can be legally enforced.