The couple settled the separation issues by entering into a separation agreement with a provision under which the spouses released the two rights they could acquire under the laws of any jurisdiction for the succession of the other. For example, while most separation agreements are very well developed to prevent the ex-spouse from asserting a right against the deceased`s estate, agreements rarely provide that the former spouse is not entitled to receive the gift if the spouses do not divorce and revise his or her will, as is often the case. Sarah Orrell, senior solicitor at Leonard Gray LLP, explains why updating your will after or even during a separation or divorce is crucial. As you take generous precautions for children in a separation agreement and try to decide on custody and visitation issues, you should not restrict or circumvent your obligations to help your minor children. You should keep in mind that custody, home visit and child assistance issues are always dealt with in court and may be challenged whenever circumstances require a change. It should be noted that a separation agreement has no bearing on the terms and validity of a will, but it can quite create the legal framework for an executor, for example, not to be legally required to make payments to the surviving spouse in accordance with the will and for the surviving spouse to be legally prevented from executing the payment. If you have broken up with your spouse and are in divorce proceedings, it will not affect your will. If you died during this period without changing your will, all your beloved ABBA records will end up in your ex`s hands and at home. Morrell Estate v. Robinson, 2008 NSSC 295, tells us that even in the case of an enforced separation agreement, separation has no influence on an executed will, unless the separation agreement is specifically addressed to the will. The common release clause is not enough to revoke the will. In order to be effective in achieving the desired results, the separation agreement must contain the following covenants and arrangements: the judge found that the provision of the separation agreement that freed up the rights acquired by the spouse`s estate law did not apply to the rights she had acquired as required and found that the woman was entitled to the benefits granted to her under the will.