I want to sign a separation agreement with my husband (Separated 3 weeks). He is extremely abusive, threatened to kill me, but he's willing to sign one where we both keep property/finances as they are, and nobody owes anybody at this point. I'm fine with that. But he wants to add a non-disparagement clause saying he won't say anything bad about me and nor would I. I do not want to sign this since he's trying to control what I share with my friends. What should I do?
You should schedule a consultation with an attorney to review the document your husband gave you before you sign anything.
You definitely need to consult with an experienced divorce attorney to discuss your rights and potential liabilities. It is not clear from your question who prepared this agreement. Also, it is difficult to imagine a fair negotiation of a separation agreement when one of the parties is threatening to kill the other. You may be better off filing for divorce from bed and board based on cruelty and/or obtaining a court order protecting you from him. Don't sign anything until you have consulted with an attorney.
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There are insufficient facts above to answer the question above. You should consult with a lawyer as soon as possible (and before you sign anything).
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