Can you just continue a separation agreement beyond one year?


#1

I know that some states have a legal separation agreement option, which is used to maintain health insurance or immigration status without divorce. I know that NC does not have this. But what happens if you make a separation agreement in NC, but do not follow through with the divorce after one year? Does the separation agreement just stay in place, but without any legal validity?


#2

Yes, a separation agreement remains in place because it is a contract.

A separation agreement is valid throughout the separation period and past the divorce unless it is rescinded by a party or there is specific language that says when the agreement expires (neither are common).


Anna Ayscue

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#3

Thank you! So I understand that if neither party files for divorce, the separation agreement can stay in place indefinitely? What do you mean by “unless it is rescinded by a party” ? - how would that work, once signed, either party can rescind it?


#4

A separation agreement, in most instances, will stay in place indefinitely, even after the parties have been divorced.

One party can attempt to rescind the separation agreement. If a separation agreement is rescinded, then it is as if a separation agreement was never in place and the circumstances revert back to before the separation agreement was entered. The only way to rescind a separation agreement is to file an action in court and have a judge grant rescission. And to do so, that party must be able to prove that the separation agreement was executed under undue influence, duress, fraud, involuntarily, etc.


Anna Ayscue

Attorney with Rosen Law Firm Cary • Chapel Hill • Durham • Raleigh • Wake Forest

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