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Separation Agreements

Separation Agreement Solicitors in Manchester and Stockport

 

If you and your partner have decided to separate but don’t yet wish to divorce or dissolve your civil partnership, a separation agreement is the best way to resolve any outstanding issues and to give you confidence that everything will proceed fairly in the future.

At Clifford Johnston & Co. we fully understand the emotional strain a separation can cause but we are here to make everything as easy and straightforward as possible for you by ensuring your financial and wider interests are protected. We will put together a bespoke agreement on your behalf to safeguard your financial security and to reduce your uncertainty and worry.

If you need help with any aspect of your separation, contact Clifford Johnston & Co. today and speak to one of our experienced solicitors.

What is a Separation Agreement?

A separation agreement is put in place to document the division of financial assets and arrangements for any children, when a couple decide to separate. It will provide you both with clarity and reassurance about the future, help to avoid confusion and dispute if you later decide to divorce or dissolve your civil partnership and may prevent you from becoming vulnerable to later claims on your money and assets.

The terms of the agreement will be mutually decided by you and your former partner but can include matters such as:

• Property

You can agree on whether your house should be sold now or at some point in the future, how the equity will be divided, and how to split your other assets and possessions.

• Finances

You can detail who is responsible for outstanding and ongoing payments including the mortgage, utility bills, credit cards, loans, school fees and medical fees. It can also include details of any maintenance that should be paid to one spouse or partner by the other.

• Children

The future living and care arrangements for your children can be detailed in the document including who should receive any child benefit and tax credit payments.

Properly drafted separation agreements are Deeds, that is a contract between the two parties involved so that any breach of their terms may be challenged, as you would expect of any contract. If you later decide to divorce or dissolve your civil partnership, your separation agreement can form the basis of a consent order, which is a legally binding document.

It is therefore essential that your agreement is properly drafted by a qualified solicitor with the expertise necessary to create a document that meets all the legal requirements. If either you or your partner enter into a separation agreement without taking the proper, legal advice it may not be upheld in a court of law.

Do I need a Separation Agreement?

It is advisable for any couple going through the process of separation to have an agreement in place so that there is a written record of what has been agreed with regard to the division of assets and arrangements for any children.

Although your separation may be straight forward and amicable, circumstances can change so we always suggest that you have something in writing to confirm what has been agreed.

Without a separation agreement a financial claim could be made against you by your partner for assets including:

• Anything owned solely by you prior to your marriage or civil partnership.
• Anything gifted to you as an individual as part of an inheritance.
• Wealth earned following your separation.

A separation agreement will bring a level of clarity and certainty to the situation so that both of you can be confident about what each of you is entitled to going forward.

How can Clifford Johnston help?

Our family law solicitors can provide you with tailored advice on all aspects of your separation. We will help you to consider your priorities to ensure that your long-term interests are protected and that you have an agreement in place that works for you.

We can advise on all matters and scenarios including:

• Sole ownership

Any property or assets that you owned before your marriage or civil partnership are not automatically protected from a financial claim made by your partner. We are adept at negotiating terms as part of a separation agreement to ensure that a fair outcome is arrived at.

• Trust beneficiaries

We have the necessary legal expertise and understanding to deal with assets held in trust.

• Company shareholder

Business interests can be difficult to value, and shareholders may have unexpected obligations that may need to be factored in but we can help negotiate and agree on an arrangement that best deals with any company shareholdings. We will carefully consider your particular situation and circumstances to help you come to an agreement that is in the best interests of you and your family.

Our thorough knowledge and understanding of the law and guidelines surrounding separation agreements means that we are able to provide you with an effective document that fully complies with the court’s requirements and can be used as the basis of a legally binding consent order should you ever wish to divorce or dissolve your civil partnership. We will work collaboratively with you to ensure the agreement meets all of your needs and will handle your case with the understanding and sensitivity it deserves.

Contact the legal experts

Clifford Johnston & Co. is one of the leading law firms across Stockport and Manchester. Our family law specialists can help you to reach a clear and amicable separation agreement so that at what can feel like a difficult and uncertain time, you will have peace of mind and assurance for the future.

We believe that everyone has the right to first class, legal advice and we always work to the highest of standards providing a cost-effective and affordable service to all of our clients.

For a free, no-obligation quotation and to find out more about how we can help with any part of your separation, contact us today and speak to one of our team.

Our Separation Agreement Solicitors in Stockport (Heaton Moor) & Manchester (Burnage) are easily accessible.  We represent clients not only locally and throughout Stockport, Cheshire, Lancashire & Manchester but also across the United Kingdom. You can count on us to help and guide you whatever your challenge or circumstance.

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