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While a legal separation offers some of the legal protections of a divorce, it is not the same thing. Separating from your spouse but not filing for divorce allows you to continue to file joint tax returns and to maintain the same health insurance benefits, among other benefits. A legal separation in the state of North Carolina can also protect you from certain types of financial responsibility.

To learn more about the legal separation process in North Carolina, please contact Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, PLLC at (704) 396-5155.

What Is a Legal Separation in NC?

A legal separation in North Carolina is a court order that legally separates you from your spouse. While you are legally separated, you will remain legally married and can maintain the same rights as a married couple.

When to Seek a Legal Separation in NC

You may want to seek a legal separation in North Carolina if you and your spouse are separating but do not want to end your marriage. In some cases, a legal separation may offer you the same protections as a divorce without the same cost and stress.

Legal Separation Requirements in NC

To file for legal separation in North Carolina, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You and your spouse must be living in North Carolina
  • You must be legally married
  • You must have a legal separation agreement in place

Benefits of a Legal Separation in NC

There are many benefits to legally separating from your spouse instead of getting a divorce:

  • You can maintain the same tax filing status
  • You can retain the same health insurance benefits
  • You can retain certain rights to your children

However, it is important to note that a legal separation does not guarantee any of the benefits of a divorce. If you want to end your marriage, you will need to file for divorce.

Contact Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, PLLC

If you and your spouse are considering a legal separation in North Carolina, you should speak with a Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, PLLC attorney. We can review your particular situation and help you understand your rights and options.

Call (704) 396-5155 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, PLLC. We serve clients in Charlotte and the surrounding areas.

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