Doing your own separation agreement comes with serious risks. Without the support of a legally valid document that conforms to all laws, you could end up losing money, property, or even custody of your children if your separation or divorce turns hostile. You may find the legal process much easier and less stressful to navigate with the assistance of our North Carolina team of family law professionals.
How Our Firm Can Help
To make sure that you are treated equitably in your separation agreement, you can hire our team to manage your case on your behalf. We would be happy to assume the legal burden of any and all tasks that you need to get done, including:
- Drawing up the paperwork: Our team can put together the agreement for you, making sure to include every issue of concern to you and your spouse. We also make sure the document complies with all applicable laws.
- Ensuring you do not miss anything: In a situation as emotional as this one, it is easy to overlook something important.
- Meeting with the other side: We can sit down with your spouse and/or their attorney to make sure they are also satisfied with the agreement.
- Double-checking everything before you sign: We can review the paperwork with you and answer any remaining questions about it before you sign it.
If the worst happens and your separation becomes antagonistic or turns into a divorce, we can continue to represent your interests. For instance, we can:
- Collect evidence: It may be important to establish who owns or owes what, or who is the more responsible parent.
- Handle negotiations: We can represent you at meetings with your spouse and/or their attorney. If and when we come to any agreement, we will let you know about it.
- Go to court on your behalf: If a court hearing is unavoidable, we can continue the fight by bringing in witnesses, submitting evidence for the court’s consideration, and so on.
- Keep in touch: You do not have to appear in court yourself if you do not want to. We can advocate on your behalf and update you after each new development.
We Handle All Family Law Matters
In addition to separation agreements, our firm can manage any other family law matters you may be dealing with. For example, we can:
- Handle any and all child custody matters
- Protect your child’s interests in court
- Represent you throughout divorce proceedings
- Handle distribution of all property and assets
- Work out alimony and support payment agreements
- Manage disputes regarding any of the above
By allowing us to handle all of your family law needs, you can protect:
- Your assets: Without professional legal representation, it may be easier for your spouse to gain access to money and other assets that are rightfully yours.
- Your children: We can fight for you to retain regular access to your children, whether you want full custody or visitation rights.
- Your rights: If you do not understand your rights, your spouse’s lawyer may be able to persuade you to give up something that you should not.
- Your family’s future: By fighting to secure your rights to your children and assets, we can help your entire family land on their feet after a separation or divorce.
We know that separating from your spouse can be difficult, especially if there is disagreement about how to split your assets or manage custody of your children. Let us make the process a little easier by ensuring that your rights are respected every step of the way.
What Is a Separation Agreement?
A separation is different from a divorce. As the North Carolina Judicial Branch explains, as long as a former couple is living in separate places and at least one of the pair does not plan to end the separation, that couple is considered legally separated. No further legal action is required.
While a couple does not need to file legal documents in order to separate, a separation agreement can be very helpful for both parties. Such an agreement can settle matters related to:
- Who will live where
- Who is responsible for what bills
- Support or alimony payments
- Custody of children or pets
- Division of property
A separation agreement is a form of protection for both parties. It establishes who is responsible for what; this way, if there is any disagreement about such issues in the future, the agreement can serve as a basis for the aggrieved party to seek legal redress.
Call Us Today for a Consultation
If you are thinking of doing your own separation agreement, contact Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC first. Our team would be more than happy to review your case and discuss how we can help you craft a legally valid agreement that benefits you.
For more information, call us at (828) 286-3866. We have offices throughout North Carolina for the convenience of our clients.