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Separation

North Carolina is unique in that parties’ separating from one another is what triggers most of the family law claims. To be considered separated, parties must live separate and apart. That is, they must live in different households. The date of separation is the first day the parties stop living under the same roof together. Living in the same house but different rooms or different floors is not enough. If you and your spouse are still living in the same house, you are not separated.

You do not need a legal document to prove you are separated. You are simply separated when you begin living separate and apart.

Many people begin discussing separating well in advance of actually taking that step. Those discussions lead to big questions like: Who will stay in the house and who will move out? How will you share custody of the kids? Who will pay what bills? How do you begin

You don’t need to have all the answers before you separate from one another; but it helps to have some answers. It helps even more to know what questions to ask, and what steps to take to protect yourself

We are here for you when you’re ready to start planning a separation, or if you’ve already separated and are ready to think about what comes next. Click here to inquire about an initial consultation with us.

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