Separation Agreement

Create a binding separation agreement online — faster, cheaper, easier. Designed by expert Kiwi lawyers.
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Separation Agreement

Create a binding separation agreement online — faster, cheaper, easier.

Separation is difficult enough without worrying about having to go to court. In NZ, separation agreements solve that problem. You and your partner decide how to divide property and assets, with the benefit of expert advice – all without leaving home.
 

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Separation is difficult enough without worrying about having to go to court. A legal separation agreement solves that problem. You and your partner decide how to split things with the benefit of expert advice. All without leaving home.

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How it works

 

Purchase the agreement online

Sign up and pay only $450 for our tool to build your personalised agreement – why pay $1,000 and wait weeks to draft with a law firm? Best of all, the $450 includes help from our team to prepare your agreement for certification.

 

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Complete the agreement

Our online tool guides you step-by-step to create a legally sound agreement. Once you’ve completed the questionnaire (it takes most people about 20-30 minutes if you have all your information) you can download your draft agreement as a Word document. Our team can help make minor edits free of charge!

 

Certify the agreement online

For your agreement to be enforceable, you need to get advice on its implications and have it certified by a lawyer each. We can arrange online, fixed-fee certification by two independent lawyers from our panel, saving most Kiwis over $1,000 on legal costs.

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Agreeable is a cost-effective option for getting a separation agreement – faster, cheaper, and easier than it has traditionally been.

A guide for a relationship property or prenup agreement

Find out more by downloading our Quick Guide on creating a Separation Agreement.

Separation Agreement quickguide

Find out more by downloading our Quick Guide on creating a Separation Agreement.

Separation Agreement quickguide

1. Purchase the Agreement

Why pay $1,000 for an agreement from a law firm? For only $450, we provide you with your own separation agreement via an online questionnaire that creates the agreement for you. Don’t forget: the agreement will still need to be certified.

Click the button below to sign up to our online platform, where you can purchase your agreement and complete the online questionnaire. Our team is here for any help or amendments required on your document, at no extra cost, just send us an email at info@agreeable.co.nz!

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Information checklist

Relationship details

  • Details of the parties, any children, and pets
  • Date of separation and other significant dates if applicable (first date, wedding)
  • Address of any family home and ownership/rental information
  • What will happen to the family home (Party A buys Party B’s share, sold on open market, etc)
  • How you plan to meet costs moving forward (equally, by percentage share, etc)
  • Reasons for any unequal distributions
  • Name of any trusts that involve the family home or other significant assets
  • Whether either party will be using a certifying lawyer via audio-visual link

Property information

All property, of each party, that you would like to designate as separate property, and all property that you are keeping as relationship property.

“Property” should include:

  • any land/houses that either party owns, the estimated value, and any mortgage information
  • any businesses owned, with the name, ownership breakdown, and estimated value
  • bank accounts and other major assets such as shares or cryptocurrency, with estimated value
  • Kiwisavers of both parties with provider name and estimated amount in fund
  • Vehicles, debts, inheritances, life insurance policies, valuables, and chattels (all with estimated values where applicable)

Property should include any overseas moveable property (bank accounts, vehicles, valuables, etc) but not immovable property (land & houses).

Check what information you'll need on hand to complete the agreement.
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Information checklist

Relationship details

  • Details of the parties, any children, and pets
  • Date of separation and other significant dates if applicable (first date, wedding)
  • Address of any family home and ownership/rental information
  • What will happen to the family home (Party A buys Party B’s share, sold on open market, etc)
  • How you plan to meet costs moving forward (equally, by percentage share, etc)
  • Reasons for any unequal distributions
  • Name of any trusts that involve the family home or other significant assets
  • Whether either party will be using a certifying lawyer via audio-visual link

Property information

All property, of each party, that you would like to designate as separate property, and all property that you are keeping as relationship property. “Property” should include:

  • any land/houses that either party owns, the estimated value, and any mortgage information
  • any businesses owned, with the name, ownership breakdown, and estimated value
  • bank accounts and other major assets such as shares or cryptocurrency, with estimated value
  • Kiwisavers of both parties with provider name and estimated amount in fund
  • Vehicles, debts, inheritances, life insurance policies, valuables, and chattels (all with estimated values where applicable)

NOTE: For overseas property, include moveable property (i.e bank accounts, vehicles, valuables, etc) but not immovable property (land & houses).

2. Complete the Agreement

The questionnaire will guide you through everything you need to cover. It usually takes under 30 minutes to complete, however this may vary depending on the complexity. It is in the best interests of both parties to disclose all information about your property and it may also help reduce certification costs!

3 Certify the Agreement

Both parties need to receive independent legal advice for an agreement to be enforceable. The lawyer clarifies what the agreement covers and its implications for each person. The advising lawyer must then certify they have given you this advice. Agreeable can provide two lawyers, from separate firms, to certify for you at a fixed quote, so there are no hidden costs. This step can be done entirely online, saving you both time and money!

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If you have any questions, please email us or call us on 0800 9 AGREE

Who’s using Agreeable?

Neither my ex-partner nor I wanted to go through the process of paying lawyers to create an agreement when we had already decided how to split our assets. The Agreeable process was an easy way to do it ourselves, while still complying with the law and creating a binding agreement.

Cameron and Kate

Zhang Wei and Wang Xiu Ying* had separated and both agreed how their property would be divided. Most of the property was held in trust but they could use the Agreeable automated agreement as a starting point for their agreement. Agreeable arranged for independent expert advice on the effect and implications of their agreement for each of them. After discussions and contact between the lawyers, a final agreement was signed by them and certified by the Agreeable experts. This cost them about $1,400 each and was done entirely online.

*Names have been changed to protect identities

Who’s using Agreeable?

Zhang Wei and Wang Xiu Ying* had decided to separate and agreed how their property would be divided. Most of the property was held in trust but they could use the Agreeable automated agreement as a starting point for their agreement. Agreeable arranged for independent expert advice on the effect and implications of their agreement for each of them. After discussions and contact between the lawyers, a final agreement was signed by them and certified by the Agreeable experts. This cost them about $1,400 each and was done entirely online.

*Names have been changed to protect identities

Any separating couples can create a separation agreement

What does a separation agreement contain?

A separation agreement outlines the necessary details when a marriage, civil union, or de facto relationship breaks up. For example, when the relationship started, when the couple started living together, when they separated. Details of relationship property (including the family home, chattels, cars, bank accounts, Kiwisaver, debts) and separate property. Any necessary adjustments are recorded. Each party must make full and proper disclosure of all property so that the other person and their lawyer knows what they are entitled to by law.

Can I write my own separation agreement?

You can write your own agreement, but it isn’t recommended if your relationship includes assets like a family home, cars, or significant bank accounts. Having your agreement professionally drafted, such as through Agreeable, reduces the chances of a costly dispute later. Having a comprehensive, accurate agreement can also make the certification process faster and easier.

What are the benefits of a separation agreement?

A separation agreement provides clarity and helps solve potential disputes later. This means that it is significantly more efficient and less costly than the alternative, which requires a dispute being resolved either through the Family Court or alternate resolution measures. A separation agreement is also able to be enforced through the Courts, if required, provided it is executed correctly and each party has independent advice. 

How is separation different to divorce?

There can certainly be blurred lines in defining separation compared to divorce, and also how they interact. Click here to find out more in our article on separation vs divorce.

 

Whether you are considered living together for the purposes of the Act will be determined by taking into account the following factors:

– The duration of the relationship

– The nature and extent of common residence

– Whether or not a sexual relationship exists

– The degree of financial dependence or interdependence

– The ownership, use, and acquisition of property

– The degree of mutual commitment to a shared life

– The care and support of children

– The performance of household duties; and

– The reputation and public aspects of the relationship.

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