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Everything you need to Know about Separation Agreements

by Robert White

When a married couple agrees to live separately, they will need a separation agreement to formalise the terms of their separation. This is an emotional and challenging time for both parties, and the separation agreement provides a mature way for them to end their relationship legally, as it requires both parties to agree on certain terms and conditions. The rights and obligations of both parties are considered and provided to them legally.

You can contact the nearest law centre to check whether you will need legal assistance. In most cases, a divorce can be granted once you have lived separately for a year. The separation agreement clarifies the responsibilities of both parties and their rights. It would be best to hire a lawyer for a separation agreement. The lawyer will protect the rights and interests of the client.

What clauses are included in the separation agreement?

While filing for separation, there are certain clauses that must be included and addressed as part of the agreement. If you ignore these issues, you will feel the impact during your separation. Here are some issues that should be addressed in the agreement:

  • Death of either party
  • Co-habitation or remarriage
  • Breach of agreement
  • Custody of child (if relevant)
  • Visiting schedule and expenses of children
  • Change in income
  • Spousal support
  • Debt and property division between the two parties
  • Insurance, including dental, medical and life
  • Income taxes

Common mistakes made in separation agreements

Every marriage breakdown has its own unique issues, and there is a right way and a wrong way to handle separation or divorce. You and your partner can choose strategies that will make the process run smoothly, although it can of course be difficult to act maturely when everybody is emotional and anxious. People do commit mistakes, intentionally and unintentionally, during the separation process. If you are going to file for separation or divorce, you will achieve a better long-term result if you can avoid these common mistakes.

  • Finances play a big role in separation, and many people make the mistake of failing to produce correct financial information. Be honest about your finances and provide the relevant documentation.
  • Filing for separation is an extremely emotional event, and it’s natural to experience a roller coaster of emotions. However, many people make the mistake of acting on their emotions, and this can hinder the separation process and cause unnecessary complications. Never allow your emotions to dictate your decisions. If necessary, ask a friend or family member to help you stick to pragmatic and sensible decisions rather than letting your emotions take over.
  • Even when your marriage ends, you are still parents together, and you need to focus on what is best for your children. However, in some cases, people fail to consider the impact of the separation on their children which can be very damaging for your family bond and have a negative effect on their future.

Getting excellent services of separation agreement translation from us

Separation is not an easy time for anyone. When children are involved, it becomes more difficult as it is not only about the estranged couple but also about the future of their kids. A separation agreement covering custody arrangements is the best way to establish an amicable co-parenting arrangement to cover all potential situations. If you are planning to take your children overseas, you will benefit from having a copy of the separation agreement in the native language of the country you are visiting or living. This way, if there are any complications or queries, you have the documentation to prove the basis of your agreement.

Kings of Translation has a team of experts in legal translation who can provide you with the best services for your needs. We understand that you are going through a difficult time, and we are here to help you so you have all the legal documentation to prevent any issues in the future. Feel free to contact us by calling 075 1798 6633 or by email at

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