Let’s assume for a moment that you’ve met the minimum requirements for filing for divorce in North Carolina. You’ve been a resident of the state for 6 months and have lived apart from your spouse for at least one full year prior to the day that you file for divorce. At this point, you may be asking yourself…
What do I do now?
The process of divorce can be trying, even under the best of circumstances. Before proceeding, it is advised that you consult an attorney – one well versed in divorce and family law. Should you decide to move forward without legal representation, you will be expected to know the law to the same extent as a licensed attorney in the state of North Carolina. You’ll need to research and review applicable laws, familiarize yourself with civil procedure, and be able to apply what you’ve learned to your specific situation. Filing for divorce will require that you properly file and serve on your spouse a North Carolina Civil Summons and a Complaint for Divorce. Service of these documents must be done in a manner acceptable under the North Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure.
After researching the applicable laws, you may have more questions than answers. Beware of legal advice provided by anyone other than a licensed attorney admitted to practice in North Carolina. Before you file for divorce, even if you eventually decide to file for divorce yourself, it is most advisable to consult with a North Carolina Family Law Attorney before you take any action. Call Montgomery Family Law today at (919) 816-9002.
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