Even though she has decided to wait a few years until her daughter is grown to reenter the dating scene, she's confused about how to proceed.
If your spouse will agree to participate, you might consider employing a certified family law mediator to help you negotiate an agreement that both husband and wife would be willing to sign.
Do we have to sign papers in order to be officially separated? You are legally separated when one or both of you vacates the former marital residence, and begin living separate and apart with the intention of at least one spouse for the separation to be permanent.
Although the law does not require a couple to sign paperwork when they separate, you should consider having a lawyer draft a separation agreement if you decide to live apart. A separation agreement is a written contract between a husband and wife.
(For a printable version, click here.) We are having serious marital problems. When a husband and wife face serious marital problems, they often have difficult legal questions that must be answered. The couple should first try to resolve their differences with the help of a neutral third party such as a minister or a marriage counselor. Lawyers are bound by the Rules of Professional Conduct which prohibit representing both sides in an adversarial — or potentially adversarial — situation.
This brochure offers some suggestions and general rules of North Carolina law. If you are not able to resolve marital problems, CONSULT A LAWYER before you or your spouse leaves the marital home. Can we be separated and continue to live in the same house? In order to be separated, the husband and wife must reside at different residences.