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Separation Agreements

Charlotte Separation Agreement Attorney

Understanding Separation & Divorce in North Carolina

North Carolina law allows married persons to enter into a contractual agreement to resolve all of the rights which arise out of marriage. This contract is often referred to as a Separation Agreement.

To be valid in North Carolina:

  • The agreement must be acknowledged in writing
  • The Separation Agreement must not be inconsistent with public policy
  • The agreement must be signed by both spouses before an authorized notary public;
  • The agreement must be executed after the parties have physically separated from one other or must be executed in anticipation of immediate separation.

The primary purpose of a Separation Agreement is to set forth the parties’ intent to live separate and apart thereafter and to document any agreement reached on the marital rights created as a result of marriage, which include settlement of marital property (also known as equitable distribution), spousal support and alimony, child custody, and child support.

For help creating a separation agreement that protects your best interests, call the attorneys of Miller Bowles Cushing at (704) 810-1400.

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Because a Separation Agreement may not include terms inconsistent with public policy, spouses may not agree and a Separation Agreement may not include, for example, a waiver of child support when a child or children are clearly in need of financial support from one parent.

Many people seek a Separation Agreement as a time-saving and cost-effective method to resolve all of the rights arising out of marriage in lieu of filing a lawsuit and pursuing a judicial determination of each issue, which can often take months or longer and be an expensive endeavor.

While a Separation Agreement can save substantial time and expense as compared to litigation, it is a mutually-entered contract which requires agreement by both parties, one of the elements that differs from divorce. No one can force the other party to execute a Separation Agreement, so even with the best intentions, one spouse may obstinately refuse to reach a settlement of all marital issues.

Breach of Contract

A Separation Agreement is an enforceable contract; however, its enforcement mechanisms differ from a court decision and court order. The most common recourse if your spouse violates the Separation Agreement is to file a lawsuit for breach of contract and request the court order he or she to specifically perform as provided in the Separation Agreement. In many cases, this court process can take months, if not a year or more before resolution, making all the more important to have an attorney assist you.

Contact Us Today for Help Drafting an Agreement

The separation agreement attorneys at Miller Bowles Cushing can help you determine whether a separation agreement is necessary in your case, and if one is, can draft and negotiate the terms of the agreement. We have a notary public on staff who is available to certify your signature on the agreement.

To schedule a confidential consultation with a attorney in Charlotte about further Separation Agreement, please contact us here at Miller Bowles Cushing. Call us at (704) 810-1400.

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