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Legal Separation


Legal separation agreements are extremely important as they will normally involve negotiating an agreement in relation to finances, access to children or who stays in the martial home and who is responsible for the monthly costs etc. They will also determine what will actually happen once a couple’s divorce is finalised.

Legal separation agreements

When it comes to legal separation it is normally the case where one of the couple must maintain the other. Decisions are normally based on one party’s income and other personal circumstances. There is a clean break principle in Edinburgh law which can allow the couple to split completely. If there is property involved at the date of the legal separation all property that is owned is deemed to be matrimonial and would normally be shared equally between the parties involved however in some circumstances an exact equal share might not be set in stone especially if one of the couple had to give up their career to look after the children as they might end up getting slightly more.

Our highly experienced team of family lawyers are here to help guide you through a legal separation, our main focus is getting the very best outcome for our clients, which will also mean minimising the likelihood of any future problems that may occur after the divorce settlement. All relationships at the start wouldn’t normally consider the possibility of a legal separation. Wither it is a marriage, civil partnership or couple cohabitation, all relationships create legal rights and obligations.

Legal separation – what is the first step?

If you are in a situation where your relationship is at it’s very lowest and you don’t see any other outcome other than divorce, get in touch with our team today and arrange a private consultation on putting in place a legal separation agreement. Our sympathetic approach and experience in these matters and indeed anything else such as legal separation rights and negotiated agreements, civil partnership or civil marriage, prenuptial agreements, post nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements, child support & maintenance, parental rights or grandparents rights & responsibilities, children’s’ educational rights and needs, adoption, surrogacy, protection from domestic violence and forced marriage or legal guardianships for adults with incapacity, we have helped family’s in Edinburgh for over 20 years so get in touch with us today.