Arrangements for Children following separation
When a relationship breaks down, arrangements for custody/contact and residence with any children must be agreed.
Even in an amicable split, difficult decisions must be made about the care and welfare of children.
A Separation Agreement can be a significant step in ensuring as a relation breaks down, any children involved are protected and cared for in the best way. This could include prioritising assets in an agreement on residing at a family home for example.
Visit our page on Contact and Residence for more information
Do I need to go to court?
No, if a Separation Agreement can be reached there is no need to attend Court. If an agreement cannot be reached, you may need to attend Court to have a Sheriff make decisions about what happens with your assets, liabilities and/or children.
Does separation mean Divorce?
Separation is not the same as Divorce no and can apply to both married and unmarried couples. Negotiating and drafting a legally competent Separation Agreement is however likely to save separating couples time, stress and money. In the event you are married it can make the process of Divorce far quicker and easier.
What am I entitled to from a separation?
Your entitlement from a separation depends entirely on your individual circumstances, including whether you are living together or married, and whether you have children together. It is always best to discuss your options with an experienced family lawyer.
What is a Contact Order?
A “contact order” is an order of the court entitling a person to have contact with a child. Contact can take place in a variety of ways with or without conditions attached. Contact orders range from overnight contact to indirect letterbox contact.