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Separation agreements allow couples to formalise their marriage separation without getting divorced. It allows the couple a bit of time before applying to the court for a divorce. It will help you think through what is a significant step, both legally and psychologically when getting a divorce.  Both parties may prefer to reach an agreement about financial and practical matters arising out of your separation without involving any court procedures at that time at all.


Separation Agreements Newcastle


Separation agreements are usually pretty straight forward but can at times be complex as well and can be achieved by you both to signing a written legal document which incorporates the agreement you have both agreed to and reached. Commonly, such separation agreements deal with confirmation that you are to live apart(which can help if you decide to divorce later), arrangements for your children and siblings and the way your family finances are to be restructured.

Our experienced family law team in Newcastle will advise you about all aspects of your separation agreement.  This includes explaining the ways in which you can discuss and resolve the issues you are facing such as family mediation and collaborative family law. All of our family law team are members of Resolution, we are absolutely committed to resolving issues in a constructive and non-confrontational way by agreement.

We know that it is normal for separating couples to experience many stressful emotions and have both emotional and physiological things to deal with which is why we will advise you about non-legal support services, such as counselling,  we believe you may find helpful at this difficult time.

For more information about separation agreements please contact our experienced family law team.

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Separation agreements are very common. Many couples separate without actually taking that final step of getting a divorce. There are different ways of doing this depending on the situation and the nature of the relationship.


Informal Separation


Couples can separate by an informal arrangement. Both you and your partner must agree, you can make arrangements about children, money, housing, cars, pets and other property without the need to go to court. However, any informal arrangement made when you separate may affect future decisions if you do ever go to court for a divorce.


Formal Separation


A formal separation agreement is a written separation agreement between a couple who intend to stop living together. It sets out how they wish to sort out financial arrangements, property, cars and arrangements for any children and pets. The advantage of a written separation agreement is that it’s easier to make sure that you both understand and have in writing what has been agreed. It also means that either partner can go to court to change this in the future. It is advisable to consult a family solicitors such as ourselves when drawing up a separation agreement, get in touch today by calling the number above or filling out a contact us form below.

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A Legal Costs Allowance from the other party

If you substantially depend on the other party for financial support, we may be able to secure an order that results in them paying for your ongoing legal fees. This is classed as part of your regular maintenance payments. Again, there are some fairly stringent criteria, so talk to us about the process involved.

If you are concerned about how you might pay for your legal costs, contact us for advice. It is always better to pay for the best legal representation you can, rather than cut costs now and lose out further down the line.

Litigation Lending

We work closely with specialised lenders who can advance money to pay your legal costs against the prospect of being repaid from a settlement. There are fairly stringent criteria. However, if you are virtually certain of winning a sizeable amount, but you have insufficient money to get from the start to the finish, it may well be an option in your circumstances.

If you are concerned about how you might pay for your legal costs, contact us for advice. It is always better to pay for the best legal representation you can, rather than cut costs now and lose out further down the line.

A ‘Sears Tooth’ Agreement

A Sears Tooth Agreement is an agreement between solicitor and client that ensures the solicitor is paid for their guidance and actions throughout the divorce without causing financial fears for the client. The solicitor and their client agree that an appropriate amount of the client’s final divorce settlement is provided to the solicitor to meet the fees.

If you are concerned about how you might pay for your legal costs, contact us for advice. It is always better to pay for the best legal representation you can, rather than cut costs now and lose out further down the line.

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