What is the difference between a Separation Agreement and a Court Order?


Separation Agreements are a substitute to Court Orders. A Court Order is an independent decision imposed by the Family Court upon couples. It requires a lot of time, money and litigation, and in most instances one party will not be satisfied with the outcome.

On the other hand, a Separation Agreement is a legally binding contract that is agreed between two parties. A Separation Agreement does not require court involvement. It is preferred to a Court Order as it is a cheaper, faster and less stressful way to achieve a better outcome than a Court Order.