Do both parties have to agree to a separation?
Yes, it is mandatory. Each party must obtain independent legal advice prior to signing a separation agreement. You also cannot use the same lawyer and should not use the same law firm. If you fail to obtain advice from a lawyer, the separation agreement will be unenforceable.
Is my ex partner entitled to half my house?
Both you and your spouse or ex-partner are entitled to live in your home after separation regardless of whose name is on the rental agreement or the title of the property. You cannot be forced to leave just because the property is not in your name, unless the Court orders it.
Can you change the locks on a marital home?
The simple answer to whether a party going through separation can change the locks on a property they are living in is usually “yes”. If there is no court order which affects that person’s right to occupy the property, then in most circumstances there is little prohibiting a party from changing the locks.