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
919.787.6668 main phone
919.256.1665 direct fax
10925 David Taylor Drive, Suite 100
Charlotte, North Carolina 28262
704.644.2831 main voice
704.307.4595 main fax
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