Separation Agreements need to be artfully drafted. Each sentence should be carefully selected. There are certain errors or omissions that can be fatal to the document’s survival. It is highly recommended that these types of agreements are drafted by or at least reviewed by an attorney. The risk of not doing so, regardless of the cost, is too great. In the last couple of days, we have seen an increased number of clients who have attempted to draft their own agreements and have come to our firm to fix them. This ends up costing more money in the long run.
We are aware that there are certain online programs that can assist you in drafting these agreements thru a data entry interface. These programs are very general and not capable of adjusting to the unique intricacies of your particular situation. Although these interfaces may be capable of pumping out a Separation Agreement in minutes, the quality is certainly declined. The validity and effectiveness of the resulting agreement is going to be questionable at best.
I understand that the economy is currently struggling and funds are hard to come by. We see it here just like every other type of business. There are certain things that need to be done correctly however. Taking shortcuts will only result in a longer and more expensive road later. So if you feel that a Separation Agreement is important to you and you would like to feel comfortable that the terms will hold up in the event that they are ever challenged; then you should seek the assistance of an attorney to draft it for you. As always, if you have any questions about Separation Agreements or Divorce in general please call (516) 858-2620 to speak with a Family Law Attorney!