Do I need a "legal" separation?

Dear robinschnabel0923:

Greetings. First, I do not know anything about public assistance programs such as food stamps, and you will need to contact them directly for questions.

Of course it is to your advantage to have a legal separation drawn up!!! A marriage of 27 years that is ending, amicably or not, needs some legal work. There is usually retirement assets, real estate interests, and in your case, children tht are minors. Decisions have to be made and adhered to and a separation agreement is the best format for dealing with those issues. Thank you.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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919.256.1665 direct fax

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Charlotte, North Carolina 28262
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Okay, here goes…On January 31, I left the family home. Because of financial situations, my husband and children are eligible for food stamps, etc. My husband insists that because we are not “legally” separated, he may have a problem receiving aid (he contends that they will look at my income, as well). I have my own bank account that his name does not appear on, therefore, they can’t look at it for accessing his financial situation. As far as the other issues go, I am paying about ? my paycheck each week for child support and to help with the household expenses. Since all is amicable, would it really be to either of our advantage to have the legal separation drawn up? I’m all new to this, obviously. We have been married 27 years, have 4 children together, 3 of whom are minors.What do you suggest?
Thanks for any and all assistance.