Zahra Pabani Solicitor, Shakespeare's, Birmingham. In what circumstances might a separation or maintenance agreement be considered? Do they even have a role to play at all and, if so, what? Will it not always be more appropriate to recommend that a client opts instead for a final ancillary relief order of the court, thus guaranteeing his or her future certainty? This item aims to explore whether there is a place for separation agreements and maintenance agreements in family work today, or whether we should be advising clients to steer well clear of them. See December  Fam Law for the full article.