My wife and I are looking to create a legal separation agreement for the state of NC. Will this agreement need to be notarized by an attorney, or can any Notary Public notarize these documents? Also, I believe I read that this document does not have to be filed within the Register of Deeds Office or at the courthouse, does the notarizing of these documents make them legally binding and recognized? For tax purposes, will my wife and I need to file separately or can we still do a joint return for 2009 since we are still legally married?
We are planning on obtaining the separation documents from a website that will tailor it to our needs based on multiple questions asked. There is a fee for this service. Would we be able to draw up our own agreement based on a sample agreement? Are these online agreements legit?
Thanks for any help you are able to provide.