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The vast majority of separating or divorcing couples reach agreement between
themselves over the division of their property and the arrangements for their children.
Filing a consent order after your decree nisi makes that agreement legally binding.
If you are separated but not yet planning to divorce, any agreements about property should be recorded in writing in a separation agreement.
Separation agreements can help to reduce uncertainty and conflict during a period of separation before divorce, especially if circumstances change before a final consent order is made.
Permanently separated couples do not pay additional stamp duty on purchases during separation as long as they will each legallly own only one home. You may need a separation agreement to demonstrate that you are permanently separated.
You may also find that some mortgage lenders require a written separation agreement as a condition of lending if you have separated from a spouse or partner.