Are separation papers legal if not filed in court?
Question Details: My wife printed some separation papers off the internet and filled them out. I never signed them. She says that they notarized and that makes them legal. I need to know if they need to be filed in court in order to be legal?
You and your wife can be separated by either filing documents with the court or as an alternative having a physical separation with no intent to reunite. Both of these alternatives constitute legal separation.
Courts have requirements for documents that are filed, and it would be advisable to check with the court to determine if the documents printed from the Internet comply with the court's requirements.
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