Separation Agreements in Kitchener

Divorce is not the only option for partners who wish to redefine their relationship. Unlike divorces, separation agreements in Kitchener can be the right choice for you if:

  • You would like to avoid going to court and paying expensive litigation fees
  • You and your spouse agree on all aspects of the separation
  • You would like the possibility of future reconciliation

Separation agreements are binding contracts between two parties. This contract lays out issues regarding child custody, child support, division of property, and more. Failure to uphold the contract can result in a claim for breach of contract. Read more about separation agreements in Kitchener here, and call the Law Offices of C. Richard Buck for a consultation.

Separation Agreement vs. Divorce
Unlike a divorce, a separation agreement in Kitchener does not end your marriage. In a separation agreement:

  • Decisions about issues like spousal support, child support, and access to children are laid out
  • Both parties must sign the contract in front of a witness for the contract to be legally binding
  • Married partners are still legally married, but they live their lives entirely separately, which means independently managing their finances, residence, child custody duties, and so on
  • Both parties sign a legally binding document, so while separation may not seem as “finalized” as divorce, professional legal assistance is still strongly recommended
  • There is opportunity in the future for the partners to reconcile their marriage

When separation agreements involve complicated property divisions, significant assets, or children, we strongly suggest speaking with a lawyer experienced in family law.

Do I Need a Formal Document?
Living in what the law calls “separate and apart” from a partner can mean being legally separated from them. However, many people want to formally make decisions on family law issues like finances, assets, and children. If the partners do not completely agree on how to make these decisions, engaging the assistance of a lawyer can help.

Can Separation Agreements be Re-Negotiated?
Yes, you may change aspects of your separation agreement. However, if you and your partner cannot agree on the terms, you will have to go to court and ask a judge to change it. Separation agreements are legally binding, which means there may be legal consequences should you not uphold your end of the contract.

We Can Help
Even if it’s not the end of your marriage, separation is a significant life event that often causes frustration and stress in many people. Emotions can be strong, and you do not want to make hasty decisions you may regret later. Therefore, a reliable legal professional on your side who will fight for your best interests is a strong asset.

The Law Offices of C. Richard Buck is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a family law specialist. This means Richard is highly experienced in navigating the complexities of family law. Richard’s firm strives to treat every client with the utmost respect and compassion during this challenging time of their lives. You are invited to get legal help today by scheduling a consultation.


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