Fast Facts on Separation Agreements

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Photo of lawyer with couple, working on a Separation Agreement, just one of many legal agreements that are regularly handled by the lawyers and attorneys in the Edmonton law offices of The Family Law, serving clients in Alberta and beyond#1: A separation agreement is a contract between two spouses.  It's a good option when there is little or no conflict between the spouses and there is general agreement on the big issues, such as child custody, parenting and access.

#2: Get legal advice from an experienced Family Law lawyer before signing a Separation Agreement.  This is vital because an improperly drafted Separation Agreement may be rejected by the Courts because:

#3: Don't rely on a template separation agreement.  There is too much at stake and the consequences of a single error or omission can be severe.   Moreover, most template Separation Agreements are not even legally binding.

#4: You can amend or end a Separation Agreement at any time.  But once again, it's best to get legal advice before you make any significant changes.

#5: Living apart does not necessarily mean that the partners are living in different locations.   For economic reasons, some partners may choose to stay in the same home, but live separately within that location.

#6: You can separate from your spouse at any time.  There are no legal obligations.  You don't need a Separation Agreement or Court Order.   However, if your intent is to get divorced, you must wait a minimum of 12 months.

You have questions about Alberta law. We have answers.

Q: What is the difference between Divorce Law and Family Law?
A: Divorce law is one aspect of Family Law. A lawyer who practices in either Divorce Law or Family Law is typically competent in both areas of the law.

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