I received a separation agreement drafted by my wife's attorney last week. Because we have no property, no children, and the agreement clearly waves spousal support now and forever I am not concerned with the contents of the agreement.
However, the agreement I received was not signed by my wife yet. If I were to put my notorized signature to this document and mail it back to my wife's attorney, can I force my wife's attorney to send a copy of the agreement with both signatures or can he just hold onto it and refuse to give me a copy until she files for divorce (just in case she changes her mind) only to shred it? How will i know if she has signed the document? I would be left with no proof unless I get a copy right?
What I am worried about is signing this and never getting a copy of it.
You are well within your right to request a fully executed (both parties have signed) original copy. If you received only one copy for purposes of signing from opposing counsel, I recommend photocopying the agreement for at least one additional copy. Sign both copies and return to opposing counsel. Request via letter that opposing party sign both copies and that one be returned to you for your records. Typically, three or five original copies are signed. The court needs one original and I like to ensure that at least both parties have an original.