In order for a divorce to be valid in North Carolina, a husband and wife must be separated, or living apart, from each other for a period of one year. Although you cannot obtain an official divorce for one year, there are a number of issues that may be decided during this 12-month period. At The Law Office of Christi A. Misocky, P.C., a team of dedicated legal professionals will work closely with you to help you achieve your goals. I am Christi A. Misocky, a Charlotte separation agreement attorney who can help you and your spouse resolve important, outstanding issues prior to your formal divorce.
If you are considering a divorce, there a number of steps that must be taken before the divorce can be finalized.Contact a Raleigh family law lawyer online or call 704-256-9231 to schedule an appointment to discuss your situation.
Resolving Your Major Issues Before a Divorce Is Finalized
The one-year separation agreement that is mandated by North Carolina law does not mean that you cannot resolve any issues raised by your pending divorce. To the contrary, you and your spouse may be able to reach an agreement on a number of major issues, including child custody and child support, as well as parenting agreements and property division. A one-year separation is not required under South Carolina law.
A separation agreement is legally binding and enforceable, as long as it is drafted in accordance with the law. This can help save you time and expense when it comes to making your divorce final. I can help walk you through this process and ensure that any agreement is drafted in a fair and equitable manner.
Separation Agreements Without a Divorce
In both North and South Carolina, it is possible to enter into a separation agreement without going through the finalization and formality of a divorce. A separation agreement has the effect of resolving all of the major issues that arise during a divorce. However, you will still be considered to be legally married, which means you will maintain your spousal inheritance rights and other rights.
Contact a Raleigh Legal Separation Attorney
If you are going through a divorce in the Carolinas, a legal separation can help resolve your major issues before your divorce is finalized. Contact a Charlotte separation agreement lawyer online or call 704-256-9231 for an initial consultation to discuss your situation.