I’m filling out the wikivorce / Brethertons questionnaire and would like to know if anyone has suggestions for additional clauses to be included? I will already be requesting inclusion of “If either parent is unavailable either to collect from school
, drop off to school, an evening or overnight, the other parent is to be given first refusal”
I’m wondering whether it’s worthwhile stating a notice period required prior to any changes to the planned schedule and/or holidays over a few days
Maintenance for a spouse or child
The matrimonial home and other property dealt with
Life insurance policies and endowments
ISA''s and Peps
Stocks and shares
Pension sharing arrangements
Cars and other vehicles
Business and company assets
Tax issues and liabilities Residence and contact
(custody & access)
Separation Agreements do usually deal with finances/property etc, but they can also detail the agreements regarding the arrangements for the children. It''s not unknown for a separating couple to cover both finances and child issues in a SA.
Halfli - don''t worry too much about trying to make your questionnaire content sound "legal" - that''s the solicitor''s job. Just write it in plain English.
You can include child arrangements but they are subject to fairly fluid change, so lets say you include them and you or she disagrees down the line, the recourse is mediation
or if all else fails court.
It''s important to note that SA''s are not legally binding, or enforceable, but if written properly by a solicitor, they may carry some weight in Court if the agreement is broken by either party in any way (at the very least they show that the couple have managed to previously agree on matters). When a couple aren''t considering divorcing for a while, it''s better to have a SA than to not have one to regulate the finances (and where appropriate the child issues).
While I''m aware they are not enforceable, if the clauses are in there, my stbx will find it harder to deviate from them
And also easier if they''re not - I can picture it now "that''s not what we agreed!"
Is there anything else worth considering for inclusion though?