“See you in court” might be very satisfying to say after a bitter break-up, however, this strategy may not serve you that well in the long term.
We have written on the key aspects of relationship property disputes before and your options when you have a relationship property dispute. However, we are now offering a service where a couple can quickly and easily settle relationship property issues themselves after a relationship breakdown.
The mechanism is a separation agreement and it is what we recommend for all parties that are still on reasonably good terms with each other. The other three forms of resolution – mediation, arbitration or the courts all take significantly more time and cost a lot more money.
After purchasing the separation agreement, a previously loaded set of questions obtains all the relevant information from you and inputs it into your agreement – creating it “automatically” and without the need for a lawyer to spend their time drafting it.
However, for a separation agreement to be enforceable, both parties must receive independent legal advice and have the agreement certified by their advising lawyers. We also offer this certification process via CODR.
For an agreement, advice and certification from two lawyers, the cost is normally between $1500 – $1800 + GST (depending on the complexity of your particular agreement).
If it’s possible for you, we think a self-directed separation agreement should be your preferred option given its time, cost and stress savings. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call one of the team at CODR on 0800 263 700.