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Many couples, who are facing difficulties in their marriages may wish to have a period of time apart but are not necessarily ready to instigate the finality of divorce proceedings. For those couples, a correctly drafted separation agreement, or separation deed, may be the ideal solution. If you and your partner are splitting up, our leading family law firm based in the north east can help write a bespoke separation agreement for you.

Married couples can decide between themselves to separate and are not under any legal obligation to inform any legal professional they are no longer together. Separation Agreements are a much less formal approach than divorce and often provide effective ways of regulating the financial arrangements and personal commitments that need to be determined following a breakdown of a marriage.

Separation agreements can include some or all of the following types of matters:

  • Division of property
  • Decisions who will live in the former matrimonial home or other property
  • Sharing of investment products and savings
  • Agreements about family businesses/partnerships and transfer of shareholdings
  • Payment spousal maintenance and child maintenance
  • Who will bear responsibility for the payment of bills, debts, etc.
  • Other provisions about children including the payment of school or tertiary education fees
  • Arrangements for future divorce – if the breakdown appears irretrievable

A Separation Agreement cannot exclude the right of a family court to consider whether it should apply, but if there has been proper financial disclosure, informed consent, and legal advice, then the agreement will usually be upheld – providing that it was fair and also ensured that the needs of your children had been considered.

It is therefore wise to ensure any document is accurately drafted by a family lawyer to ensure it meets the criteria to be upheld by a judge looking at it, perhaps years later. For assistance in drafting a Separation Agreement, call 01661 824582 today to arrange an appointment with a member of our expert family law team. We provide a compassionate and affordable service regardless of your circumstances or background

Separation Agreements which meet the criteria can be made into Orders in divorce proceedings.

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"Hugely impressed by Joanne Major’s drive, vision, and meticulous attention to detail"

I’ve always been hugely impressed by Joanne Major’s drive, vision, and meticulous attention to detail. I’m not surprised, therefore, that Joanne and her dedicated team of lawyers and support staff have rapidly gained recognition as one of the most forward-looking, innovative, client-focussed family practices in the country.

James Richardson

District Judge

"A wealth of collaborative experience"

Joanne Major has a wealth of collaborative experience. Her delivery is strong and confident with a no nonsense approach that I came to trust. This is invaluable when clarity and action is required. Major Family Law were highly recommended to me and I would have no hesitation to pass that recommendation on.

Christine Nugent

Managing Director, Business Travel

"Both knowledgeable and approachable family lawyers"

We are happy to endorse the services provided by Joanne Major and the team at Major Family Law, Ponteland. We have a number of mutual clients who speak very highly of them. They are both knowledgeable and approachable family lawyers who are clearly client focussed.

Andrew Morgan

Partner, Nicholson & Morgan

"Family lawyer of high calibre and drive"

Having worked with Joanne Major at a large commercial firm some years ago, I am aware she is a family lawyer of high calibre and drive. During a short period of time she has put together an excellent team of intelligent, approachable lawyers who deliver first rate family law services to clients. We as a firm are happy to recommend them.

Paul McGowan

Principal Solicitor, Collingwood Legal

"We can trust them to understand what is at stake"

Joanne Major and her team are the “Go To” for any clients or contacts who come to us asking if we know any good family lawyers. We can trust them to understand what is at stake and treat each client as an individual, taking time to listen, explain & advise as we would do when faced with commercial legal issues.

Tim Clarke

Partner, Clarke Mairs LLP

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"Hugely impressed by Joanne Major’s drive, vision, and meticulous attention to detail"

I’ve always been hugely impressed by Joanne Major’s drive, vision, and meticulous attention to detail. I’m not surprised, therefore, that Joanne and her dedicated team of lawyers and support staff have rapidly gained recognition as one of the most forward-looking, innovative, client-focussed family practices in the country.

James Richardson

District Judge

"A wealth of collaborative experience"

Joanne Major has a wealth of collaborative experience. Her delivery is strong and confident with a no nonsense approach that I came to trust. This is invaluable when clarity and action is required. Major Family Law were highly recommended to me and I would have no hesitation to pass that recommendation on.

Christine Nugent

Managing Director, Business Travel

"Both knowledgeable and approachable family lawyers"

We are happy to endorse the services provided by Joanne Major and the team at Major Family Law, Ponteland. We have a number of mutual clients who speak very highly of them. They are both knowledgeable and approachable family lawyers who are clearly client focussed.

Andrew Morgan

Partner, Nicholson & Morgan

"Family lawyer of high calibre and drive"

Having worked with Joanne Major at a large commercial firm some years ago, I am aware she is a family lawyer of high calibre and drive. During a short period of time she has put together an excellent team of intelligent, approachable lawyers who deliver first rate family law services to clients. We as a firm are happy to recommend them.

Paul McGowan

Principal Solicitor, Collingwood Legal

"We can trust them to understand what is at stake"

Joanne Major and her team are the “Go To” for any clients or contacts who come to us asking if we know any good family lawyers. We can trust them to understand what is at stake and treat each client as an individual, taking time to listen, explain & advise as we would do when faced with commercial legal issues.

Tim Clarke

Partner, Clarke Mairs LLP

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