Separation Agreements

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Separation Agreements

As soon as you and your spouse move into different residences, you are legally separated; this is the first step in a divorce as North Carolina requires a couple to be legally separated for one year before they can file.

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If you are considering taking this step, it is highly recommended that you consult with an experienced family lawyer. Before the separation, you can work with an attorney to draft what is known as a separation agreement. This type of agreement is a written contract between a couple that has to be signed by both parties and notarized. We can make sure that the agreement reflects your interests and that it is fair to you.

Our firm can draft an agreement that addresses the following:

  • Alimony
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Property Division
  • Possession of the Marital Residence

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Filing a Separation Agreement in Raleigh

As soon as you and your spouse move into different residences, you are legally separated; this is the first step in a divorce as North Carolina requires a couple to be legally separated for one year before they can file for divorce.

Separation Agreements Explained

Going through a separation can be a very difficult and emotionally trying event in anyone’s life. When it is decided that separation is the best option, some couples choose to make what is called a separation agreement. This type of agreement is a written contract between a couple that has to be signed by both parties and notarized.

The agreement will outline specific terms of the separation regarding things such as:

If you and your spouse are considering a separation, we strongly advise you to hire an attorney to help during this process. A separation agreement can be an important step. Should divorce occur later down the road, a separation agreement will make the entire process easier.

Because there is no such thing as legal separation in Raleigh, a separation agreement is not legally required; however, North Carolina law does require that couples be physically separated for one year before filing for divorce, so a separation agreement can serve as proof.

Raleigh Divorce and Separation Lawyer on Your Side!

Separation is typically viewed by most clients as a first step towards divorce. The good thing about hiring a divorce lawyer to help with a separation agreement is that you get a good idea of what the lawyer can do for you with your divorce case.

Should a divorce become necessary later down the road, you will already have experience working with the lawyer who will be helping you during your divorce case. This can be very beneficial to your case, and can also offer you the peace of mind that comes with working with someone you know and trust.


Contact a Raleigh divorce lawyer at the Hopper Law Office to discuss your separation agreement!


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