Your marriage may be at the point where the only viable decision is to separate. In North Carolina, you will be considered “separated” in the eyes of the law when you file a separation document with the court as a step toward living away from each other permanently.
A separation agreement is a clear way of ensuring that you and your spouse agree on the important issues that will form the basis of your separation. The following post explains the features of a separation agreement:
What is a Separation Agreement?
Not all couples filing for separation end up getting divorced. Sometimes, when a couple opts for separation, it’s because they’re not sure they really want to go through with a divorce, but need time apart and their own spaces in order to figure things out. When couples opt for this route, some of them choose to create a separation agreement, and I think that’s an excellent idea.
A separation agreement can do several different things to help a couple deciding whether or not to get divorced. It can function the same way a traditional pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreement can with regard to a couple’s finances. Read more at Lisa Vance Law…
Obviously, there is a lot that a separation agreement can do for you. It could even help you to work through the issues threatening your marriage.
You may want to handle the separation agreement without the help of a lawyer. However, a lawyer is well acquainted with the laws and rules of a separation. Their guidance should therefore not be overlooked, as explained in the following post:
If there’s something to potentially fight over, you need a lawyer
If separating couples have no children, truly no assets, and very modest incomes, they may not need a lawyer because there really isn’t anything to fight over. Everyone else needs legal advice, and a lawyer to draft their separation agreement. Trust me on this. I’m a lawyer. Would I lie to you? Read more at ACM Law Firm…
Your lawyer will help keep your emotions in check and offer guidance. This will go a long way in helping you come up with an agreement that is reasonable and that works for both parties.
There are some benefits that you can reap by opting for a separation rather than a divorce. The following post highlights some of the reasons you may choose a separation rather than a divorce:
Benefits of a Legal Separation
A legal separation is a legal course that puts into action certain aspects of a divorce, but does not legally end the marriage as a divorce does. This is beneficial for individuals who enjoy certain perks of marriage, such as lower taxes, health insurance, and even citizenship. Whereas divorce would have removed those perks, a legal separation ensures that they are still in place for the couple to take advantage of.
One of the most common reasons for couples to choose a legal separation over divorce, however, is the fact that it is not permanent. Many couples just need their space from one another and to work out the issues of their marriage on their own separate terms. Read more at Schwartz White…
You can opt for a legal separation if you feel it will work best for you. However, keep in mind that a separation agreement is binding as soon as both you and your spouse sign the contract.
If you are looking for a highly skilled and experienced separation attorney to handle your separation in Charlotte or Mecklenburg County, Meek Law Firm is at your service. Jonathan Meek will provide you with excellent legal advice to ensure that the entire process is to your benefit.
Call Meek Law Firm today at (704) 848-6335 or reach us through the contact form on our website. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you with your legal needs.