In order to obtain a divorce in North Carolina, you need to be separated from your spouse for one year and a resident of North Carolina for at least six months. North Carolina is a no-fault state which means you do not have to prove that your spouse did anything wrong. To be considered legally separated in North Carolina, you need to be living physically separate and apart from your spouse (separate bedrooms does not count) and at least one party must intend to remain separate and apart.
Divorces are generally handled independently from the other issues related to a separation, such as equitable distribution, alimony, custody and child support, however, it is important to make sure these issues are appropriately addressed prior to your divorce, or you could lose out. Schedule a consultation today where Attorney Erica Jackson will walk you through the process and make sure you and your interests are protected.