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Couples can often decide to go their own ways without the immediate need for a divorce.

Couples can clarify the terms of separation to prevent there being disputes about household bills, possessions and how jointly owned assets are dealt with. To do this a Separation Agreement or Deed of Separation can be drafted.

A Separation Agreement is not a court order but a contract and for it to be recognised in subsequent divorce proceedings both parties will need separate legal representation. This agreement records who is to have what and will make provisions as to when divorce proceedings will eventually be issued and upon what basis.

If a Separation Agreement has been entered into and has been drafted and agreed by both parties lawyers, at a later stage when a divorce is filed, the Separation Agreement can form the basis of the Consent Order.

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