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As an alternative to divorce some spouses do choose to enter separation agreements. These are essentially contracts between the spouses and deal with the agreement to separate itself, maintenance payments (usually if any children), property, children (ie. residence, contact).
They can be prepared very quickly and are flexible. However, because the Court is not involved they can be harder to enforce as it is based on contractual principles which is a little different to normal divorce. For this reason it is essential that you both take independent legal advice before executing the agreement in order to show that you both intended the agreement to have legal effect.
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If you are not receiving any money from your husband from your children then you need to speak to the CSA to work out the maintenance payments he should be paying:-
There is no real need to document the fact that you are both separated provided you both consider that you are actually separated - you could in the future apply for a divorce petitioning on the grounds of separation (two years) and provided you both agreed you were separated from a particular date no further evidence of this would need to be produced.
You are taking general legal advice from me. Were you to enter in to a separation agreement you would require specific legal advice from a solicitor who has verified your identity, taken detailed instructions, corresponded with your husband's solicitors etc.
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