Some separation agreements also describe what will happen if the parties reconcile. Most of the time, an agreement will simply say that it will be a marriage contract or a cohabitation agreement if the parties reconcile, and that it will not cease to be in force solely because of reconciliation. Our family law experts have looked at many separation agreements and can create a document tailored to your individual needs. Understanding your needs correctly helps us ensure that you get an agreement that satisfies you and that you will therefore be more likely to meet in the future. A separation agreement is a contract that records a resolution of the problems that arise when a married or unmarried relationship ends. Unlike marriages and unions that are entered into at the beginning of a relationship, separation agreements are entered into when the relationship is over. Some couples may have only one problem to solve and the usual type of separation agreement is not necessary. People who are only parents and who are never married or living together may want a parental agreement that talks about parental responsibilities and the distribution of parental leave. Couples, including unmarried spouses, who have lived together for less than two years and are only required to care for Der with regard to child and/or spising assistance, may wish for an assistance agreement on one or both issues. Couples who only have to determine who keeps what real estate and what debts may want a simple separation agreement that deals only with property. If you can agree on the amount and duration of spousal benefits, which is fair and appropriate for both parties, it is likely that the same support arrangements will be included in your divorce judgment. A separation agreement is only good if both spouses sign it. Seek advice from a lawyer before signing a separation agreement written by your spouse or lawyer.
Your spouse cannot force you to sign a separation agreement. If your spouse puts pressure on you to sign one, leave and talk with your own lawyer. Note that courts are rarely, if ever, upheld an agreement that tries to support outside a legal obligation. Child care, for example, is a positive, almost absolute obligation that a parent has towards his or her children. The court will not be bound by an agreement that a person will never have to pay child benefit.