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Separation Agreements

Complete legal services for judicial, formal and informal separations, helping you achieve the fairest possible outcome

Separation Agreements

There are three types of separation that couples can undergo: informal separation, formal separation and judicial separation.

Goodwins Family Law Solicitors offer our services for each of the three types of separation. From formal separations including child custody agreements, financial responsibilities and living arrangements, to judicial separations for couples who cannot enter formal divorce proceedings for religious or cultural reasons.

We are experienced in dealing with separation cases of all types, from straightforward cases to protracted processes that require lengthy negotiation. We offer our services for married and unmarried couples alike – the differences in the separation process are considerable and you’ll need the assistance of a qualified, experienced and trusted solicitor’s firm to ensure the process is as smooth as possible.

At Goodwins Family Law Solicitors, we understand that every situation is different – what may work for one client may not meet the needs for another. From mediation to court proceedings, we strive to ensure each of our clients receives tailored, personable and realistic advice to work towards a satisfactory outcome. Our services are renowned with our client base; from the initial contact with us to your fixed-fee consultation, right through to the finalisation of your separation, we dedicate ourselves to advising and supporting you every step of the way.

If you are considering divorce or separation, our experts will discuss your needs with you thoroughly to help you decide on the best course of action for your situation.

Our Harrow offices are easy to reach from both Central and West London. So whether you’re driving or coming in via Harrow-on-the-hill tube station only seven minutes away, our team is here for you. For complete discretion, we also offer a video call service, no matter where you are.

Formal Separation

Unlike an informal separation, this is a legally binding agreement. This document outlines any financial responsibilities required of either party and is often used as an alternative to divorce if a couple do not wish to formally divorce. These agreements can also deal with responsibilities such as child custody and living arrangements are clearly outlined.

Judicial Separation

This form of separation is similar to divorce, with the exception that the marriage is not legally dissolved. This is often used by couples who do not, or cannot, enter divorce proceedings due to religious or cultural reasons.

Informal Separation

This type of separation is for couples who want to live separately but do not want to have to go through a formal separation process. Many couples often use this to test out what living separately would be like before deciding whether or not to go ahead with the full formal separation.

Informal separations do not require involvement from the court, which means that legal expenses are reduced and the risk of protracted, stressful court proceedings is eliminated. However, informal separation does not give you the same legal rights as couples who have undergone a formal or judicial separation.

Separation Agreements FAQs

How long has Goodwins been providing separation agreements?

Goodwins has been providing its separation agreements service since 1993.

Will I have my own dedicated solicitor to deal with my case?

Yes, you will be assigned a specialist who deals with separation agreements.

Do you offer fixed fee consultations for separation agreements?

Yes, we offer fixed fee consultations where we will give advice on how to proceed with your case, highlighting all options available to you and the costs involved.

Will my enquiry be treated confidentially?

Yes, we will deal with your enquiry with the utmost professionalism and sensitivity, ensuring that everything is kept confidential.

How will I communicate with my solicitor for separation agreements?

Your solicitor can be contacted via phone or email. We also offer video calls. Alternatively, you can visit your solicitor at our office.

Where is the Goodwins office and how can I visit it?

Our office is located in Middlesex and is available to visit Monday-Friday 9am-5:30pm.

Do I need a solicitor for a separation agreement?

While it is not a legal requirement to have a solicitor for a separation agreement, we highly recommend you seek professional legal advice before making any agreements.

What should be contained in a separation agreement?

A separation agreement should cover arrangements pertaining to property division, child custody and any other relevant issues that need to be resolved.

Can you represent me if I live outside London?

Yes, we can represent you even if you live outside London. With modern technology, we can effectively communicate and work together remotely via video calls and emails.

However, if you prefer face-to-face meetings, you’re welcome to visit our offices. We’re committed to providing expert legal advice and representation tailored to your needs, whether you choose to work with us remotely or in person.

Meet the Separation Agreements team

Watch our video to gain an insight into the inner workings of Goodwins Family Law Solicitors and how we can help you.

Separation Agreements Process

Consistency, quality and sensitivity are the key elements of our approach to each and every case. Our expert team will deal with your situation with the utmost professionalism and sensitivity, whilst striving to reach the best possible outcome.

Get in touch with our legal team via form, email or phone
Our dedicated law secretaries will review the enquiry and then will assign it to the most appropriate Solicitor based on the requirements.
We'll arrange a fixed-fee appointment to discuss your case
This can be done over a video call, face-to-face meeting at our offices or over the telephone - whatever works best for you!
Initial consultation
During this consultation, we'll take time to get to know you and your case and make some initial recommendations on how we can work with you for the best outcome.
You decide if you'd like to proceed with us representing you
There's no pressure across this period, we'll give you space to consider all options and make the right decision for you.
Retainer agreed and the case is started
There'll be some paperwork to complete at this stage, but we'll be on hand to support you through this process.

Why choose Goodwins for Informal Separation?

Divorce and family law specialists
A leading London based firm
Members of The Law Society
Established over 30 years
Excellent client satisfaction rate
Experts in cohabitation agreements & disputes
International cases undertaken
Highly competitive fee structure
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