Separation or Divorce?

Negotiating a Separation Agreement and getting a Divorce are two different processes.

A separation agreement is a private,detailed agreement that outlines all the decisions that you make together as a couple and all the legal rights and responsibilities that you each have. The agreement contains:
    • Parenting plans
    • Child support details
    • Division of what you own and what you owe
    • Spousal support arrangements
    • When you have completed your Separation Agreement you have a detailed structure and arrangement for the future.

A good Separation Agreement provides clarity and direction and helps you to avoid future disagreements.

A Divorce is a legal ending of your marriage, and must be approved by the court. There are two things that the court wants in place before a divorce will be granted:
1. Grounds for Divorce
    • You must have been separated for at least one year; or
    • Your spouse has committed adultery; or
    • Your spouse has subjected you to mentalor physical cruelty.
    • spousal support arrangements
    • When you have completed your Separation Agreement you have a detailed structure and arrangement for the future.
2. Proper provisions for your children
    • Custody
    • Access
    • Support

When your Divorce is final you have permanently severed your marital relationship, and you are free to remarry.