Remember that with a separation agreement comes rest, often followed by a new “normal”. The two factors that drive the cost of separation and divorce are complexity and conflict. If you and your spouse have separated, unlike a good wine, your separation with age will not “improve”. However, since a winemaker must work with ripe grapes, a mediator should only start mediation with pairs that are ready. The guidelines consider the length of the marriage to be an indicator of the duration of sped assistance, but other factors are taken into account. In general, short-term marriages are more designed to help the recipient spouse meet their financial needs. In the case of longer-term marriages, it may be a question of compensating the beneficiary for the financial inequalities created by separation. Hiring a lawyer (provided you can find someone willing to take the job) could be the catalyst for a dramatic and unwelcome change in the type of your separation. What used to be a consensual process can quickly become complicated, because even if prefabricated agreements are avoided, it is important to be wary of standardized “Boilerplate” clauses, which are widely formulated to cover a large number of scenarios and contingencies. They rarely offer the best coverage of your unique situation. Similarly, the obligation to assist children and spouses can only begin from the date of separation and not before. The division of ownership and liability would be calculated at the time of separation.
In principle, all property acquired during the marriage up to the time of separation and any liability born during the marriage are divided equally. If you can`t find a separation contract model specifically applicable to your place of residence, I recommend you download 3 or 4 models from different online sources and tailor their content to your needs in order to create a custom agreement. The decision not to seek independent legal advice could count against you if you want a judge to amend the agreement at a later date. And if a party does not get help from a lawyer, it could say later: option 3. You develop your own separation contract and let me charge you for your full separation agreement.