Separation agreements are usually the best way to try to settle issues resulting from the breakdown of the matrimonial relationship. If you refuse to engage in the negotiation of a settlement agreement you will almost always end up in front of a court. Court proceedings are much more expensive then working to negotiate a settlement agreement and can also take much longer to resolve themselves.
If you have children, negotiating a separation agreement can help to bring stability to their lives at a time when they need it most. Fighting a messy family court battle will almost always be damaging to your children’s mental health and may damage the family unit irreparably.
If you have a family business, negotiating a separation agreement can help bring stability to the business. Many a family run business has been destroyed by divorces in which one of the parties refuses to cooperate and instead runs the business into the ground.