Separation Agreement

If you and your spouse are in agreement on the terms of your separation, you are free to put your decisions into a separation agreement—which is a written contract that details the terms. Married couples, as well as those in a common-law relationship, can make a separation agreement. It is important that you understand that a separation agreement is not the same as a divorce; you must apply to the court to get a divorce after you have been separated for one year. Your separation agreement can, however, detail when and how you will get a divorce.