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Common Questions about Family Law & Divorce

Divorce is a difficult event for anyone to experience, but our Raleigh Family Attorneys are available to help answer many of the questions you may have. Take a moment to read a few of the common questions about divorce that may help your situation.

Questions about Family Law & Divorce

Raleigh Divorce Q&A

Q. How long do I have to be separated in North Carolina to obtain a divorce?
A. You may file for a simple divorce one year and a day after your date of separation.

Q. What is the process for obtaining a divorce?
A. A divorce decree may be obtained only after filing a Civil summons and Complaint seeking a simple divorce. The Summons and Complaint must be served on the opposing party. The opposing party shall then have 30 days in which to file an Answer or other responsive pleading.

If they file no answer, you may petition the Court for your divorce after this 30 days and seek a testimonial divorce based on the calendering requirements of your local county. The judge will then require a properly prepared divorce judgment which shall be certified by the Clerk of Court.

Q. What is meant by the term "date of separation?"
A. Generally when the court uses the term "date of separation" they are referring to the date in which one party left the home (separated) with the intent to remain separate and apart permanently.

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