Write your own separation agreement
Before you begin
If you're going through a separation or a divorce, this guide can help you write a legally binding separation agreement. It covers
- child support,
- spousal support,
- property, and
We provide sample paragraphs (which are called clauses) that you can edit to suit your situation. You can also add your own clauses. Every family's situation is different. Your agreement must fit your family's needs.
Get legal help
It's a good idea to get legal help before you write your agreement, and before you sign it. A family law lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and responsibilities before you make your agreement final. See also What is independent legal advice? for more information.
If you can't afford a lawyer, family justice counsellors can write agreements about parenting and support.
Your agreement might need to include more issues than this guide covers. To explore other issues and options, especially if your situation involves complicated division of property, you might want to use the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC (CLEBC) Family Law Agreements: Annotated Precedents.
This online resource includes many more options for clauses and topics, and you can use the print or electronic version at any courthouse library for free. (You do not have to be a lawyer to use a courthouse library, and the knowledgeable librarians can help you.) You can also buy a copy for $250.
See Other issues covered in the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC Manual in this guide for more information.