I’m sorry to hear about your situation. Of course I do not know the details of your relationship, but it appears from the facts you’ve presented that, whatever the reason, your husband has decided to separate. All separations do not in divorce, but if yours does, you need to be aware that on the date the divorce judgment is obtained, generally you lose the right to ask the court to award alimony or a property division (called equitable distribution).

David L. McGuire
The Rosen Law Firm
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 200
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

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my spouse and i have been having problems since the beginning of our marriage. we have been trying desperately to resolve our differences. about a month ago, he filed for seperation without my knowledge. he claims that he filed because he wanted to file bankruptcy without hurting my credit. is this true? is this a legal and valid reason to seperate? do all seperations end in divorce?