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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.

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