Staley, NC asked in Divorce for North Carolina

Q: Do we need a "separation agreement" to get divorced?

We got married in NC and he just moved to WA. He states he is planning on filing for divorce in WA. Do we need a "separation agreement" tp move forward with a WA divorce? Will a NC issued "separation agreement" be acceptable in WA? All of our joint acquisitions are in NC.

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Amanda Bowden Houser

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  • Jacksonville, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: I have no idea what WA requires but in NC a Separation Agreement is often very helpful but not required. A separation agreement is a simple contract that resolves marital issues such as division of property / assets / debts, child related issues, retirement, taxes etc. It will usually keep over all divorce cost down and if it is drafted properly it can be enforced anywhere. Also don't get suckered. They do not have to be expensive. A fully comprehensive, attorney drafted separation agreement for most average couples is often as low as a flat rate fee of $250.

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