This is likely the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the term “family law” and it is the most obvious example of when you might need a lawyer to help you navigate family-related issues. To get divorced in North Carolina, you must be separated for at least one year – this is known as the “year and a day” rule because you can file for divorce one year and a day after your date of separation. The actual process of getting divorced in North Carolina is usually quite simple, but you should consult with an attorney to make sure you follow proper procedure.
Many people confuse getting divorced with getting separated, which is understandable because you cannot get divorced without first being separated. Divorce is the legal dissolution of your marriage and it is often one of the last steps you will take in ending your marriage. There are many issues you should address as quickly as possible after you decide to separate. See the next section for information about those issues.