From a procedural standpoint, divorce is typically the easiest of all marital claims to resolve in North Carolina. Divorce is the process of dissolving a marriage and all rights associated with the marriage. While a number of items associated with divorce, such as property division, alimony, and child-related claims, may require lengthy litigation and court battles, the divorce itself usually only involves paperwork and typically takes two to three months.
Read our full blog written by one of our Charlotte based divorce lawyers regarding procedure in North Carolina divorce cases. In short, the process begins with the plaintiff filing a complaint for divorce which must be properly served (along with the civil summons) on the defendant. Once served, the defendant has 30 days to answer the complaint. If the defendant does not answer, the plaintiff may file for summary judgment asking the court for the divorce to be entered. At that point, a hearing date will be set at which point the divorce will be granted if all everything was completed correctly, or potentially continued or denied if errors are present. Some counties require the parties (or their attorneys) to be present at the hearing while others do not. View the link above for a more detailed explanation of the process and steps involved.
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