First, let me say that this would be emotionally traumatic for me, so I can only imagine how you are dealing with this today. Let’s deal with the most important issue first. She cannot force you to leave the marital home unless there is domestic violence. In the event that you come home one night and the locks are changed, you can illicit the assistance of the local Sheriff’s office to help you back into the home.
Second, if you do not sign the papers, which you should not until you have an attorney review them, her only recourse would be to take you to court to divide your assets, deal with custody and child support, or request alimony.
You will want to stay in the home, do not pack your stuff yet. Go for a consultation with an attorney and get the agreement reviewed. Remember that once this agreement is signed, it can dictate financial decisions (and other decisions - like the amount of time you will see your daughter) for the rest of your life. Don’t sign anything until you have been advised and you are ready to. Best of luck with this and let us know how it works out!
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney at Law
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 200
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
The response posted above is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only reliable manner to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an attorney, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an accurate opinion. The basic information provided above is intended as a public service but a full discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action.