Write your own separation agreement

How to use this guide

This guide divides the separation agreement into the following sections:

These sections are listed on the right-hand navigation panel and at the bottom of each page.

Your agreement must include the Introductory clauses and Conclusion. Include the sections on parenting, child support, spousal support, property, and debts if they apply to your situation.

As you go through the sections, you can include the paragraphs (sometimes called clauses) that apply to your situation. When you have finished each section, you need to generate a text version of the section. Copy and paste this text from your browser into a word processor (such as Microsoft Word). The compilation of all of your sections will make up your agreement. See below for more details.

To protect your privacy, we don't save the information you provide. Be sure to complete each section and save its text in a document before moving on to the next section. Your information will be lost when you navigate to a new page or close your browser window. 

Expandable instructions

Each section of the agreement is divided into topics. Each topic has a heading and a set of instructions. Click Show instructions under a heading to reveal step-by-step instructions on how to fill out that part of the agreement. (Try it below.)

These instructions don't appear in your text file.

Including clauses

Each topic contains sample clauses to deal with different situations.

All the clauses in each section are automatically included in your text file unless you click Don't include. If you change your mind, you can always include the clause again by clicking Include

As you go through each section, decide which clauses apply to your situation. If a clause doesn't apply, click Don't include. The clause will be greyed out to show that it won't appear in your agreement. Once a clause is greyed out, you can add it again by clicking Include.

1Sample clause: This agreement is a final agreement.
Include
Don't include

For some clauses, you may need to enter additional information. The instructions will tell you what you need to do.

Each clause in the guide has a reference number, to help you as you go through the sections. These numbers won't appear in your text file. You'll add clause numbering to the agreement yourself, at the end. (see the instructions at the end of Section 7: Conclusion).

Creating a text file

When you've completed a section, click the Open text version button at the bottom of the section. (See the sample button below.) This button will open a new browser window with a text version of the included clauses in that section.

Copy the text and paste it into a word processing document. Give your document a meaningful name (for example, "Separation Agreement, [Name] and [Name], [Date]") and save it where you can find it again.

Add each section that you complete to the end of the document. Save the document every time, before you navigate to the next section.

When you have added all the sections, you will clean up the document, number the clauses, and print your document out. Section 7 includes detailed instructions for how to do this.

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