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People often assume a separation agreement is required in order to be legally separated. This is not correct. The law is very specific on the definition of legal separation. In order to be legally separated, a party must be physically separated with at least one spouse having the intent to end the martial relationship. In North Carolina, a couple may be legally separated without entering into a separation agreement.

While not required, a well drafted separation agreement can provide a number of benefits.

First, a separation agreement can address all matters related to a divorce including alimony, property division, child custody, child support, and a waiver of claims against third parties. Rather than leaving the decision to a Court, a couple can negotiate almost any term which is not against public policy.

2015 Beaver Courie honored as a Tier One “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News and World Report Magazine’s “Best Law Firms” Section and Ranking for the 5th  Straight Year:  In its annual “Best Law Firms” ranking, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers have named Beaver Courie, Attorneys at Law “Best Law Firm” in the practice areas of Criminal Defense Non-White Collar, Criminal Defense White Collar and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs. For over 42 years, Beaver Courie law firm and its team of now 16 lawyers and paralegals, have earned the trust of the citizens of Cumberland, Hoke and Moore Counties, as well as that of the thousands of United States Army and Air Force personnel  who have been stationed here over the years and trust our firm for help.  Our reputation as trial attorneys focused on getting results for our clients, as well as our practices of fair dealing and community involvement, have ensured our relevance and participation in resolving the everyday hurdles of our clients, as well as some of North Carolina’s most widely reported criminal and civil cases.

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