Spouses are encouraged to resolve as many issues as possible. One way to do this is by a written agreement (called a “separation agreement”) indicating how matters should be handled if the marriage ends. The separation agreement is a contract listing and describing the spouses’ decisions about ownership of real estate, dividing property, financial support and, if children are involved, even issues of custody and parenting time. In a divorce case, the court must accept the separation agreement (except for matters about custody, parenting time and support of children) unless it is unfair.