“Act in haste, repent at leisure” is believed to have been adapted from the proverbial saying first expressed by William Congreve in 1962. His remark is about the perils of marrying in haste and repenting at leisure. The same can be said for agreements reached between parties without either of them having had legal advice and which you may later regret.
Whilst it is not a requirement, it is highly recommended that following separation each person get independent legal advice. The consequences of what you may agree to are important and long lasting.
Whilst you may have agreed on the care arrangements for your children and\or your property split of assets, what you have agreed on may be based on misinformation about what you think your entitlements are and you may be selling yourself down the river.
There may be tax implications from what you have agreed on but which you have not considered. There may be technicalities that need to be complied with before a court will make consent orders for certain things.
It is best to have separate lawyers for each party in getting legal advice as, your lawyer has an overriding duty to act in your best interests and if you see a lawyer who says they’ll give advice to both of you, that could be a very conflicted position and is to be avoided.


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