In direct or “kitchen table” negotiations, the spouses resolve the key terms of their Separation Agreement largely by themselves. However, it is essential that each spouse obtain independent legal advice before starting negotiations and especially before committing to any settlement.

Because of the important, long term consequences involved, a lawyer should prepare the Separation Agreement that will be signed. That way, you will have the peace of mind that the Separation Agreement protects you properly and does not expose you to risks which were not even contemplated when you and your spouse negotiated directly.