Marital separation agreements are unique among the spectrum of contracts between parties. Because the terms of these agreements concern parties dissolving their marriage, they have long been the object of intense scrutiny by legislators, the judiciary, and scholars. The issues raised by these agreements are often complex and difficult to address. This book will focus primarily upon separation agreements for divorcing parties in North Carolina, but it will also trace the definition and development of separation agreements in general, their historical roots, and the shifting public policy concerns about them over time. It will explore how both legislators and courts have attempted to inject themselves into these agreements in order to review, revise or prevent them from being enforceable. In the process, thorny issues will be surfaced and discussed, issues that demand standards, criteria and guidelines to inform and direct non-lawyer mediators in the practice of their craft. Finally, I will offer suggestions about how Alternative Dispute Resolution, as a profession, can develop and define itself more fully. I will conclude by offering specifics about how to remedy the current quagmires, and to chart a positive course for the future.