Separation papers vs divorce papers


Your divorce decree does not deal with your property division. The divorce simply dissolves your marriage. Unfortunately if you signed an agreement that obligated you to pay a bigger portion of the debts, your divorce will not change that. Sorry I do not have better news for you.

Helena M. Toft
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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My wife is a secretary for a local divorce attorney. I foolishly signed separation papers without the advice of an attorney. My concern is over the “Division of Debts”. I took on much more debt than I needed to for the separation, am I obligated to continue paying the same percentage of debt (credit cards, loans, etc.) in the divorce? Or are these figures only for the separation and then 50/50 afterwards. This question does not involve vehicles.