In an effort to avoid most of the major headaches involved with divorce, parties can attempt to resolve issues involving financial support, child custody, and dividing the marital property beforehand. In order to do this, a separation agreement must be drafted and signed by both parties in front of a notary public. The separation agreement serves as a private contract between spouses. In North Carolina, if claims relating to alimony and property distribution are not addressed in either a separation agreement or prior to the entry of the divorce judgment, they are waived.
Before signing any document presented to you by your spouse, you should consult with an attorney. Please contact us to help assess your options.