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2 year separation

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18 Jul 12 #344011 by M96
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Myself and the wife have decided to amicably separate and hope to divorce in two years time based on 2year separation.

Can anyone please let me know if there needs to be a legal document regarding this?

As in, do we need to go to a lawyer to get a document signed to say we are separating?

From what i have read, there as been no mention of a requirement to have a legal document stating that we are separating.

Thank you

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18 Jul 12 #344012 by cookie2
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It is often a mistake to decide to wait for 2 years. A lot can change in 2 years, maybe your ex will refuse to give her consent, for any reason logical or illogical. If the marriage is over then it makes sense to end it now rather than waiting.

You could get a Separation Agreement but this is not watertight and will need to be revisited on divorce anyway, so it''s a bit of a waste of time and effort really. Might as well just divorce and get a Consent Order. It''s cheaper and less hassle.

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