Greetings. Some things you cannot agree to in a Separation Agreement - such as obtaining a divorce or making someone change their name. You cannot agree to these things in an agreement because that would be against “public policy.” In other words, we as a culture do not promote divorce and you cannot mandate that someone must file for the same. Also, you cannot force your wife to change her name - not even by agreement.
Her engagement ring is separate property since you gave it to her before the marriage and she did fulfill the contract to marry you.
Before you sign it, pay the initial consultation fee for an attorney in your area to read over the agreement and ensure that you are signing what you think you are. If the agreement does not contain the proper waivers, you may be getting much less than you bargain for.
I got lost a couple of times in what your actual questions were, so if I did not answer any specific question, please let me know. Thanks
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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