Both parties must sign the agreement before a notary. Each spouse must keep a copy of the signed agreement. You can access a copy of the unsigned agreement through your Rocket Lawyer account. Members who wish to register a digital copy of the agreement signed to their Rocket Lawyer account can simply scan and download them. If these are complex real estate, retirement, custody or tax matters, talk to a lawyer or accountant to clarify the tax or legal consequences of your separation contract. As a general rule, a separation agreement is the result of numerous discussions and negotiations on the sharing of assets and liabilities, as well as all matters relating to assistance, maintenance, conservation or visitation. If you are in a divorce or separation situation, the standard separation agreement below will help you reflect on and prepare for these discussions and negotiations. Your lawyer can use the agreement model as a resource, but wants to design an agreement specifically tailored to your situation. If the children are involved, a separation agreement helps clarify the details of who should have custody, how often the other parent can go, and the need to care for the children. When a spouse has a career raising children, the separation agreement could also address whether a person should receive assistance or support. You should seek legal advice before signing this agreement, as anything you wish to include in this separation agreement may be considered legally binding by a court or have a decisive influence on the outcome of one of the parties` request for financial recourse. You can ask a lawyer at any time if you are not sure that you have considered all the relevant issues before signing the agreement.

Your agreement may contain more problems than this manual. To explore other issues and options, especially if your situation involves complicated ownership sharing, you should use the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC (CLEBC) Family Law Agreements: Annotated Precedents.