A separation agreement is a legal agreement made between two people who are contemplating imminent separation or have already separated. The majority of couples who have a separation agreement will be married or in a civil partnership, so this page. is written with that in mind, although cohabiting couples may wish to have a separation agreement also.
The agreement normally details the agreed financial arrangements during the period of separation and following divorce.
It is important to note that a separation agreement does not legally end the marriage. If a couple wish to legally divorce then one of them will need to issue divorce proceedings with Court and go through the divorce process. Thye should also get any separation agreement turned into a Court order, known as a financial consent order.