What Is Legal Separation In North Carolina?
In North Carolina, legal separation occurs when spouses live in separate residences. As grounds for divorce, the separation must be for more than one year. When a couple wants to legally separate, it’s a good idea to work with an attorney who can assist with creating a separation agreement. Issues that can be resolved in a North Carolina “Separation Agreement and Property Settlement” include:
- Child custody
- Child support
- Alimony or spousal support
- Property distribution
- Asset allocation
Filing for legal separation allows you and your spouse to set the stage for divorce because separation is an important first step in establishing grounds for divorce. It also allows you and your family to transition to life without your spouse before deciding to divorce or live separately from your spouse permanently with the major separation issues resolved.