Whether you choose to divorce or just to separate, there is a document that can help you and your spouse finalize almost all aspects of your parting. A settlement or separation agreement allows you and your spouse to craft a plan concerning all of your marital issues, a plan the court should honor when deciding on your divorce or separation.
A settlement or separation agreement is an official document where you map out who gets what in your divorce or separation. In a divorce it is known as a settlement agreement, while in a separation it is known as a separation agreement. In this document you will lay out what assets, property and other items belong to whom.
It is important to work on the settlement or separation agreement extensively and ensure that both sides are happy with the final results, because it is difficult to change the agreement once it is submitted to the court. Change requires the agreement of both parties again, something that can be difficult to obtain in the divorce or separation process.
A separation or settlement agreement will cover things like: