Before filing for divorce, it is important to understand that North Carolina is a no-fault state. This means that either spouse may file for divorce, with a few requirements:
- At least one of the spouses has lived in North Carolina for at least six months;
- The spouses lived separately for at least a year and a day before filing; and
- At least one of the spouses had the intent not to live together or to resume the marriage during that year and a day period.
Divorce is just one part of the equation. It naturally involves other complex and emotionally-charged issues like child custody, spousal and child support, and property division. If you are considering a divorce, it is vital that you contact an attorney right away as the law gives you limited time to protect your interests. It is easier to contact an attorney at the outset than to try to reverse an unfavorable court decision later. You only have one shot to make a first impression on a judge.