We help parents develop a separation agreement through our Comprehensive Mediation Services.
A written separation agreement helps couples settle most or many of the issues outside of court. For separating families, either common law or through marriage, parties will address: 1) parenting arrangements, 2) parenting plans, 3) child support and spousal support, and 4) division of debts and assets.
Parties work the main aspects of these topics in mediation with the guidance of the Family Mediator and Family Lawyer, preparing the agreements into a formal document. Parties should be informed of the laws and their rights and responsibilities by Independent Legal Advice (ILA) so they do not make any decisions they would later regret or want to dispute because a separation agreement is a legally binding contract.
Rights and responsibilities can be impacted by information such as date of co-habitation, date of marriage, date of separation. All of this should be reviewed with ILA.
A legal agreement can contain agreements outside of the laws where informed parties make agreements based on what is best for their circumstances.
Read more on Family Law Manitoba (You will be redirected to Gov.MB.ca)