Notarized document splitting assets

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Notarized document splitting assets

We are looking to split assets without going to a mediator or attorney because we
dont’ care if we are legally divorced. What simple document can I use in case he
changes his mind and gets representation that will stick since he would be in
agreement with the way we are splitting the assets.

Asked on April 9, 2018 under Family Law, New Jersey

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

People think that notarization means much more than it does. Notarizing a document does not mean that it is official or binding; all it means is that a notary observed you sign, checked your ID, and verified that the people signing are who they claim to be. That's it--nothing more. A notarized agreement is not any more binding than a non-notarized one.
Consult with a lawyer: this is too important to try to on your own without expert help. I assume you would not try to set your own broken arm on your own, without a doctor--why do something that can affect your future without the assistance of someone who knows what they are doing?


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