Free South Carolina Marital Separation Agreement

Sample South Carolina Marital Separation

SEPARATION AGREEMENT

THIS SEPARATION AGREEMENT (the “Agreement”) dated this _____________of _____________, 20___.

BETWEEN:

________________
______________, _____________,
in the State of South Carolina, _____________

-and-

________________
______________, _____________,
in the State of South Carolina, _____________


    BACKGROUND:

  1. ________________ and ________________ (collectively the ‘Parties’ and individually a ‘Party’) were lawfully married on ______________ _________, ____________________, in ______________, South Carolina. Due to certain differences that have developed between the Parties, they agree to live separate and apart from each other, subject to the terms and conditions in this Agreement.
  2. The Parties have made complete, fair and accurate disclosure to each other on all financial matters reflected in this Agreement.
  3. The terms of this Agreement are intended to settle the matters addressed, but it will not be incorporated into a final decree of divorce. The Parties agree that a subsequent separation agreement will have to be made and duly incorporated into a final decree of divorce.
  4. The Parties have each consulted an attorney with regard to his or her legal rights arising out of the marital relationship and the terms of this Agreement.
  5. The Parties have each voluntarily entered into this Agreement and have not been forced by anyone to sign this Agreement, and both Parties confirm that they are in sound mental health.

IN CONSIDERATION OF the mutual promises and covenants contained in this Agreement, and other valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which consideration is acknowledged, the Parties agree as follows:

    LIVING SEPARATE AND APART

  1. The Parties have lived separate and apart since ________________________________. Neither Party will attend the other’s living space or work without invitation or approval.
  2. CHILDREN

  3. There is one child of the marriage, namely:

    Name:

    Date of Birth:

    ____________________

    _____________ _____________, ____________________

  4. CHILD CUSTODY

  5. The Parties agree that sole legal custody is in the best interests of the child. The Parties agree that ________________ is granted sole legal custody, and has the primary right to decide regarding matters of health, education and welfare in the child’s best interests. ________________ may make emergency decisions affecting the health or safety of the child when the child is in her physical care and control. The Parties agree that the grant of sole legal custody to one Party does not deprive the other Party of access to information regarding the children.
  6. The Parties agree that the child will primarily reside with ________________.
  7. The Parties also agree that ________________ will have the following visitation time with the child:
    1. Regular visitation schedule:
      ______________________________________________
    2. Vacation visitation schedule:
      ______________________________________________
  8. CHILD SUPPORT

  9. ________________ will pay child support in the amount of $_________ monthly to ________________. Child support payments will commence on ____________ and will be paid on the _____ day of each and every month.
  10. ________________ will pay a total of $_____________ monthly to ________________ for the child’s uninsured health care costs, child care costs, and other additional costs, such as __________________________. Child support payments for these expenses will commence on _______________________ and will be paid on the _____ day of each and every month.
  11. The Parties agree that each will provide the other copies of their income tax return and any notices of assessment and re-assessment issued, on an annual basis.
  12. ________________ will maintain health insurances, including medical and dental coverage, for the benefit of ____________________.
  13. Subject to the laws of South Carolina, child support payments, contributions to uninsured health care costs, child care costs, additional costs, and the maintenance of health insurance will continue as long as a child is under the age of majority and financially dependent on the parents.
  14. SPOUSAL MAINTENANCE

  15. Neither Party claims entitlement to spousal maintenance. Both Parties expressly waive any claim to spousal maintenance now and in the future, regardless of any change in circumstances experienced by either Party.

  16. ASSETS

  17. The Parties acknowledge that they have agreed upon a division of all assets, owned or possessed by them as marital property or separate property. The Parties are in possession of all of those assets to which each is respectively entitled. Accordingly, neither makes any claim to any assets in the possession of the other.
  18. DEBTS

  19. The Parties agree that any indebtedness secured against, or attributable to, any item of property that either Party is receiving under this Agreement will be the sole responsibility of the Party receiving the particular property.
  20. Neither Party will incur any further debt or liability on the other Party’s credit. Any debt accumulated as of the date of this Agreement is the debt of the individual Party, regardless if the debt was incurred as a result of joint credit.
  21. GENERAL PROVISIONS

  22. The Parties will promptly sign and give to the other all documents necessary to give effect to the terms of this Agreement.
  23. This Agreement contains the entire agreement between the Parties about their relationship with each other. It replaces any earlier written or oral agreement between the Parties.
  24. Should any portion of this Agreement be held by a court of law to be invalid, unenforceable, or void, such holding will not have the effect of invalidating or voiding the remainder of this Agreement, and the Parties agree that the portion so held to be invalid, unenforceable, or void, will be deemed amended, reduced in scope, or otherwise stricken only to the extent required for purposes of validity and enforcement in the jurisdiction of such holding.
  25. The Parties may only amend this Agreement in writing after both Parties have obtained legal advice on the changes.
  26. In the event that a dispute arises regarding this Agreement, the Parties will try to resolve the matter through negotiation or mediation, prior to initiating a court action.
  27. Notwithstanding that the Parties acknowledge and agree that their circumstances at the execution of this Agreement may change for any reason, including but without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the passage of years, it is nonetheless their intention to be bound strictly by the terms of this Agreement at all times.
  28. This Agreement creates a fiduciary relationship between the Parties in which each Party agrees to act with the utmost of good faith and fair dealing toward the other in all aspects of this Agreement.
  29. The Parties agree to provide and execute such further documentation as may be reasonably required to give full force and effect to each term of this Agreement.
  30. The headings of this Agreement form no part of it, and will be deemed to have been inserted for convenience only.
  31. This Agreement will be binding upon and will enure to the benefit of the Parties, their respective heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns.
  32. If the Parties reconcile, the terms of this Agreement will remain in effect unless the Parties revoke it in writing.
  33. This Agreement may only be terminated or amended by the Parties in writing signed by both of them.
  34. The laws of the State of South Carolina will govern the interpretation of this Agreement, and the status, ownership, and division of property between the Parties wherever either or both of them may from time to time reside.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF the Parties have duly affixed their signatures on this_____________ of _____________, 20___.


SIGNED by ________________
In the presence of:

 
   


______________________________
WITNESS

 
 

______________________________
________________

   

______________________________
WITNESS


SIGNED by ________________
In the presence of:

 
   


______________________________
WITNESS

 
 

______________________________
________________

   

______________________________
WITNESS

ACKNOWLEDGMENT


THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF____________________

I, Attorney, within and for said County and State, do certify that on this day came before me, ________________, personally known to me, whose name is signed to the foregoing Separation Agreement and so acknowledged his signatures on this Separation Agreement and that ________________ entered into this Separation Agreement on his own free will and volition without force or duress by any Party.

Given my hand and seal this ___ day of ____________________, 20___.

_____________________________
Attorney

ACKNOWLEDGMENT

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF____________________

I, Attorney, within and for said County and State, do certify that on this day came before me, ________________, personally known to me, whose name is signed to the foregoing Separation Agreement and so acknowledged her signatures on this Separation Agreement and that ________________ entered into this Separation Agreement on her own free will and volition without force or duress by any Party.

Given my hand and seal this ___ day of ____________________,20___.

_____________________________
Attorney

CERTIFICATE OF INDEPENDENT LEGAL ADVICE

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
COUNTY OF____________________

I, _______________________________, of the City of ___________________________, in the State of South Carolina, Attorney, DO HEREBY CERTIFY:

THAT I was this day consulted in my professional capacity by ________________, named in the within instrument, being a Separation Agreement, separate and apart from ________________, as to his legal rights and liabilities under the terms and conditions of it, and that I acted solely for him, and explained fully to him the nature and effect of this foregoing Separation Agreement and he did execute it in my presence, and did acknowledge and declare that he was executing it of his own volition and without any fear, threats, compulsion or influence from ________________ or any other person.

DATED at the City of _________________, in the State of South Carolina this ___day of _________, 20___.

 

________________________
Print Name: ____________
Attorney

I, ________________, the person named in the annexed Agreement, hereby acknowledge the foregoing this ____day of ______________20___.

 

________________________
________________

CERTIFICATE OF INDEPENDENT LEGAL ADVICE

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
COUNTY OF____________________

I, _______________________________, of the City of _________________________, in the State of South Carolina, Attorney, DO HEREBY CERTIFY:

THAT I was this day consulted in my professional capacity by ________________, named in the within instrument, being a Separation Agreement, separate and apart from ________________, as to her legal rights and liabilities under the terms and conditions of it, and that I acted solely for her, and explained fully to her the nature and effect of this foregoing Separation Agreement and she did execute it in my presence, and did acknowledge and declare that she was executing it of her own volition and without any fear, threats, compulsion or influence from ________________ or any other person.

DATED at the City of __________________, in the State of South Carolina this ___day of _________, 20___.

 

________________________
Print Name: ____________
Attorney

I, ________________, the person named in the annexed Agreement, hereby acknowledge the foregoing this ______day of ______________20___.

 

________________________
________________

Is Legal Separation Applicable in South Carolina?

In the eyes of the South Carolina law and the family law courts, you are either married or unmarried. This brings forth questions like what happens when you and your spouse don’t want a divorce? Can’t we just live apart but remain married?

Legal Separation

In South Carolina, there exists no legal status between the married and divorced. However, there may be a court order put in place during that time of separation. Even so, you aren’t separate in the eyes of the law, if you still live with your spouse. For the court ordered separation within the set requisite time, you have to live separate, and apart from your spouse. Unfortunately, sleeping in different bedrooms in the same house does not count.

The Alternative

As you get acquainted with all the aspects of family law in South Carolina, you will learn that there are no legal separation forms. Instead, you have to request a temporary hearing then seek an order of Separate Support and Maintenance, also called the Marital Separation Agreement form.

How does the marital separation agreement work in South Carolina?

Though legal separation is non-existent in South Carolina, married couples can sign a separate agreement called the South Carolina Marital Separation Agreement. This is also called a “separate support and maintenance agreement.”

This document is negotiated between both parties with the help of an attorney. An attorney is helpful in the negotiations and for the protection of your interests.

What does the Marital Separation Agreement settle?

  • The agreements settle important issues such as:
    • Division of personal property and real estate
    • Child support, custody, and visitation of minor children
    • Allocation of debts plus legal fees
    • Alimony
    • Life and health insurance agreements

Process of getting the marital separation

Technically, legal separation doesn’t exist in South Carolina. However, you can get an Order of Separate Support and Maintenance mentioned above. A family court judge issues the order. After separation, you get to file for the separation agreement with the court. You are ‘legally separated’ only after the court approves the agreement. Note that this agreement doesn’t count as a divorce.

Both legal separation and the Order of Separate Support and Maintenance accomplish similar goals.

Either party can request a temporary hearing asking the court for relief during the period of separation.

Difference between legal separation and a divorce

These are two different legal entities stating whether a couple is married or not. As mentioned above, a couple is either married or unmarried in South Carolina. In states where legal separation is recognized, adultery during the period of separation still counts as adultery in marriage.

In South Carolina, the parties don’t have to fulfill the Order of Separate Support and Maintenance for them to fulfill the one-year separation requirement for a no-fault divorce.

How much does the legal separation agreement cost?

Getting a legal separation agreement will cost you. First of all, you have to get a competent family attorney, who will charge you service fees.

Other than the attorney fees, you also have to pay a filing fee payable to the Clerk of Court to file the action. Currently, the filing fee is 0.00.

If you need a temporary hearing, you also have to pay for it. The temporary hearing will cost you an additional .00.

What necessitates the Marital
Separation Agreement in South Carolina?

  • Considering the cost and the lengthy process, and the fact that the family courts in South Carolina don’t recognize separation, why would you want to go through all that trouble?
    • The agreement protects each spouse financially, and it provides financial assistance to minor children
    • If you wait long enough to get a divorce finalized, you will have a lot more accrued debt.
    • A party may need child support or visitation rights,
    • A party may need the court to order one party not to dispose of their marital assets.

Whether you live in Charleston, Columbia, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Rock Hill, Greenville, Summerville, Goose Creek, Sumter, Hilton Head Island or any other city of South Carolina, you can use our legal forms easily.

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