A Guide to Registering a Separation Agreement

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What this guide is for

This guide is for registering a separation agreement with the court. Once registered, the separation agreement will have the same force and effect as a court order. 

NOTE: Working out a separation agreement with your ex-partner can be helpful, but it is not something that the court requires you to do. If you do agree on a separation agreement, you are not required to register it with the court. If you’re unsure about whether or not to get a separation agreement, or whether you should register yours with the court, you should speak to a lawyer for advice. 

 

Where you can use this guide

This guide, and the forms linked to in this guide, are for use in the following courts ONLY:

  • Supreme Court Family Divisions in Halifax, Sydney, & Port Hawkesbury

  • Family Courts in Amherst, Antigonish, Bridgewater, Digby/Annapolis, Pictou/New Glasgow, Truro, Kentville, & Yarmouth

NOTE: you cannot apply to register a separation agreement in the Supreme Courts, EXCEPT those in Halifax, Sydney, & Port Hawkesbury