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Divorce in North Carolina

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Pre-Divorce Planning

One of the single most stressing aspects of a divorce is knowing what to expect. Thus, we offer our clients a detailed consultation in which we explain the entire process and events associated with a divorce. This gives our clients the opportunity to “see what’s coming” and prepare. The main objective is to considering where you are, and what you are planning for the future.

If you are considering divorce, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our firm, so that we can help you better understand how divorce will affect your financial picture-now and in the future.

The Actual Divorce

What Are the Requirements For Divorce?

In North Carolina, the simplest way to get divorced is to ask the court for an Absolute Divorce. An absolute divorce in North Carolina has only three requirements:

1) That the couple have a legal marriage
2) That the couple has lived separate and apart for one whole year with the desire to end the marital relationship. Learn more about legal separation. 
3) The husband OR wife must be a resident of North Carolina for at least 6 months

Once these requirements have been met, you are now eligible to file for an absolute divorce. After the divorce judgment is finalized, both parties are able to legally marry another person and both have the right to resume their maiden name. Keep in mind that child custody and child support are independent claims of the divorce. Simply because you have not met the three requirements for divorce, does not mean that other issues related to divorce cannot be dealt with, such as child custody, child support, property distribution, post-separation support, and alimony.

Just give us a call at our Brunswick County or Wilmington office, and we will begin assisting you with your case.

What We Offer At Dugan & Leger

We understand that a divorce is not just a legal process, but also an emotional one. We are here to make the divorce process as simple and painless as possible. We do this by guiding you through every step of the process, including property division (equitable distribution), child custody, child support, and alimony. Our goal, as attorneys  is to keep you informed and aware, so that you can eventually begin the process of rebuilding and restarting your life after the divorce.

We invite you to contact our firm to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our family law attorneys. We can help you understand your rights based on your unique case, and encourage you to bring a long list of your questions, so we can answer them all.

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