Before filing for divorce, North Carolina requires that spouses be separated for period of one year. Legally, the term “separated” means the parties must live separate and apart from one another with at least one party having the intent to remain separated. During the period of separation, there are often many issues that must be addressed, such as the parties’ finances, division of property, responsibility for debts, and whether either party will be paying spousal support.
While either party may seek relief from the courts with respect to their rights to property distribution and spousal support, parties desiring to resolve these issues out of court may do so by entering into a formal separation agreement. A separation agreement is a legally binding and enforceable contract that can resolve several unsettled issues without having to go to court at all, thus, helping avoid uncertainty and costly litigation.
The attorneys at Parton Buckingham, PLLC understand that your case is unique and each separation agreement must be tailored to best fit your individual needs. If you are considering separation, our attorneys will evaluate your case, advise you of your rights and responsibilities, and determine whether a separation agreement will best suit your personal needs.
For More Information on Separation Agreements
To schedule a consultation to discuss your rights regarding property distribution and spousal support with one of the family law attorneys at Parton Buckingham, PLLC, please call us at 704-376-4488.