What You Need To Know About Getting a Divorce in North Carolina

Before filing for divorce, you should always consult with an experienced divorce lawyer to become informed of the process and to fully understand the legal consequences of the divorce. North Carolina’s “no-fault” divorce statute allows a North Carolina resident to file an action for divorce after one year of continuous separation from his or her spouse. However, an experienced divorce attorney will advise you that there is a fair amount of “business” to be attended to beforehand. Claims for equitable distribution and alimony must have been filed (or settled in an enforceable separation and property settlement agreement) before the divorce judgment is signed, or those claims will be lost. Failure to file these claims prior to the entry of a divorce judgment is a serious mistake and can mean a share of a former spouse’s retirement plan or a share of the value of spouse’s real estate may be lost. While one may save about $700 or so by filing his or her own divorce case, the value of the lost claims for equitable distribution[…]

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