Estate Planning Changes to Make After a Divorce

Your estate plan is probably not on the top of your mind while you are going through a divorce. However, a divorce impacts your estate plan in many ways, and you will most likely need to update several documents either before or immediately after your divorce to account for your change in marital status. When (more…)

5 Common Divorce Mistakes

Getting a divorce is a difficult and emotional experience for anyone, but it can become even more stressful if you don’t understand how the divorce process works. To make your divorce more manageable, avoid making these five common divorce mistakes. You Haven’t Separated for At Least One Year North Carolina law requires you to be (more…)

How To Finalize a North Carolina Divorce

Finalizing a divorce is a relatively simple step in the divorce process. After all you’ve been through, this crucial last step is what officially ends your marriage. Only after finalizing your divorce are you able to remarry. Steps to Take Before Finalizing Your Divorce Before you can finalize your divorce, there are many longer and (more…)

How To Answer a Divorce Complaint

Once you are served with a divorce complaint, the clock starts ticking on your time period to file a responsive pleading, known as an answer. If you haven’t yet talked to a divorce attorney, you should do so at this time. A failure to properly file an answer can have important legal consequences in some (more…)

What is a Divorce Complaint?

Your divorce complaint is the official document you must file with the court in order to file for a divorce. The complaint must also be served upon your spouse using a method permitted under North Carolina law. The purpose of the divorce complaint is to initiate your divorce action and give your spouse a chance (more…)

Service of Process for Divorce Actions

Once you have filed your divorce complaint with your county courthouse, you must provide service of process on the defendant, your spouse. Service is required to give notice to someone that they are a party to a legal action. Your divorce cannot proceed until your spouse has been served using one of the methods allowed (more…)

Divorce Residency Requirements in North and South Carolina

A court must have jurisdiction over your case in order to hear your divorce case. Jurisdiction in divorce cases is usually established based on state residency requirements. You should be familiar with your state’s residency laws before filing your divorce, particularly if you have recently moved from another state or are planning to move out-of-state. (more…)

How Long is the Divorce Process?

The actual divorce process in North Carolina is fairly simple and can typically be completed in 60 to 90 days or less. However, there can be complications that could significantly extend this time period. Divorce, Separation, and Other Issues Note that this timeline applies to your actual divorce, known as an absolute divorce in North (more…)

What is an Absolute Divorce?

An absolute divorce is the legal term used to describe a divorce in North Carolina. This means that your marriage is officially terminated by a court order. There are several steps you will need to follow before you get your absolute divorce. Some of these steps take place before filing the divorce complaint, while others (more…)

Does a Divorce Require Going to Court?

Most people will not have to go to court during the divorce process. This is a relief to many clients who would prefer to avoid going to court and discussing the details of their marriage in front of the public. However, a small percentage of divorce cases may end up being litigated. This typically occurs (more…)