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Do I Have to Sign a Separation Agreement?

In Separation & Divorce by Elizabeth Stephenson

Marriage is supposed to last forever. Therefore, separations present a tumultuous and uncertain time. Not only is there the emotional trauma that comes with the end of a long-term relationship, but there are also big financial and logistical changes that are unavoidable. Unfortunately, if you are separated with the intention of a divorce, you will have to wait a while. This is because North Carolina requires a couple to be separated for an entire year before a court can grant a divorce. What is a Separation Agreement? Some couples choose to reach an agreement during their yearlong separation pending their divorce. A separation agreement is a legally enforceable document, like a contract, that can encompass issues such as property division, spousal support, living arrangements, taxes, child custody, and child support. …