Flat fee quoted after initial consultation, based on complexity of issues. Starting at $2,500 plus taxes and disbursements
A separation agreement is a contract that sets out the terms for how you and your spouse are separating and dividing your lives. It can be an effective and relatively inexpensive way to settle the issues that arise when your relationship ends. Most separating couples find a separation agreement is a more satisfactory way to resolve their dispute than starting a court proceeding and resolving their issues at trial. Often a separation agreement is required by a bank before a party can obtain new financing or transfer title to a home.
Even if a court proceeding has been started, a separated couple can opt out of the court system and settle their issues through negotiation and the drafting of a separation agreement at any time.
A separation agreement can be made on a final basis or on an interim basis, depending on where you are at in your separation and can include various topics:
- Children: how and when the parents will spend time with their children (parenting time), and how important decisions will be made (parental responsibilities).
- Child support: who is responsible to pay child support and how the parties will share additional expenses such as daycare and extracurricular expenses.
- Spousal support: whether one party is entitled to receive money from the other spouse, and for the amount and length of time that will be required.
- Division of property and debt: how debts will be managed, and how property and other assets will be divided.
Legal Services for drafting a separation agreement begin at $2,500 plus tax depending on how many of the above topics are covered in the agreement.
Our separation agreement packages include:
- One meeting with the client to discuss all of the topics that need to be covered in the agreement, legal advice regarding separation, and obtaining the client's instructions on the contents of their agreement;
- Drafting the agreement after receiving any necessary documents from the client;
- Reviewing the full draft agreement with the client once and making any necessary changes;
- Providing the draft agreement to the client;
- Witnessing the client's signature on the agreement.
* The above fees do not include negotiating changes with the opposing party or the opposing party's lawyer or preparing or exchanging significant financial disclosure. These steps will require a full-service retainer and will be charged at our regular rate of $325/hour.