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A detailed separation agreement should address present and future concerns

While no one can predict the future with absolute certainty, it is possible in divorce and separation agreements to anticipate what might happen and plan accordingly. Your personal interest and your family’s interests may be at stake, so it is crucial that you have a written separation agreement that is enforceable in court.

The agreement you sign with your spouse can be negotiated to address the following issues in a fair and enforceable manner:

  • Property division, including what should happen with the family home
  • A detailed co-parenting plan, including where the child will live most of the time
  • Child support
  • Spousal support

Not addressing these issues early in the divorce process can leave too much to chance. Unfortunately, in many cases, one spouse fails to act fairly or even tries to deceive the other spouse, but the separation agreement isn’t detailed or strong enough to be enforceable. Having an experienced divorce lawyer on your side can help prevent this kind of thing from happening.

Elliot S. Birnhoim, who founded, understands that the job of a good Ontario family lawyer is not only to get a separation agreement in writing — the agreement must also protect the client’s rights for years to come. Writing this kind of agreement requires anticipation of the future and creative thinking.

If you are going through divorce, then it may be particularly difficult for you to deal with all of the legal aspects involved in the process. This time in your life is undoubtedly one of the most difficult, if not the most difficult of all, so it is important that you have a legal advocate to protect your interests now and in the future.

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