Sometimes divorce is not the preferred option for separating parties, for example, where there are cultural issues associated with divorce or simply if the parties have not fully determined whether their relationship is over.

If the parties do not want to issue divorce proceedings but are looking at period of separation, it is still advisable to record any division of the matrimonial assets and any arrangements in respect of children. Such agreements can be an effective way of evidencing the split of the assets and can ultimately save the parties costs and time in the long run. However, it must be noted that agreements of this sort are not automatically binding and the Courts retain ultimate discretion as to whether the terms will be upheld.

In the event that a separation agreement is your preferred method of evidencing the division of any marital assets, it remains necessary for there to be full and frank disclosure of each party’s financial circumstances and strongly advisable for legal advice to be obtained as to the fairness of those terms.

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We offer a fixed fee half an hour appointment for clients at our offices during the course of which we provide advice on merits, courses of action available, procedures, timeframes and costs and will also endeavour to answer any specific queries you may have.  We will follow up that initial meeting with a letter/email to you summarising the topics discussed and information on the most appropriate ways to take your matter(s) forward.  The fixed fee cost for this service is £200.00 plus VAT.

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