Dear Cape Fear Family Law:

Do I need to file for separation?  How is that different from divorce?

-Don’t Understand



Dear Don’t Understand:

Separation is the date you and your spouse start to live separately – not in separate rooms in the same house, but in different homes.  Divorce is the legal end to the marriage, which you can file for 1 day and 1 year after the date of separation.  The issues of post separation support, alimony, and property division need to occur prior to divorce, or the rights are lost.  Forever lost!  If you want to keep your attorney fees and costs to a minimum, try to resolve things through a Separation Agreement or through the courts as close to the separation date as before.  Talk to an attorney about your options and get moving.



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