A divorce in North Carolina requires the married parties to be separated for 12 months before the divorce can be filed with the court. The parties must live separate and apart for 12 months intending to end the marriage. Once the 12 month period has passed, the divorce can be filed with the court and finalized within 2 to 3 months. However, there are other issues related to a divorce that may take longer and extend the process. At Tolin & Tolin, PLLC, our compassionate and professional legal team understands the difficulty of these situations and the importance of resolving the divorce so you can start your new life. The family law attorneys at Tolin & Tolin, PLLC do everything we can to get all the issues negotiated and resolved as quickly as possible so you can move forward with your new life.
What is involved in getting a divorce?
During the 12 month period of separation, our experienced family law attorneys at Tolin & Tolin, PLLC can begin to work with you to resolve other issues you may have related to your divorce. The issues related to getting a divorce are divided into five major categories: 1) the dissolution of the marriage, 2) division of property and debt that was acquired during the marriage, 3) custody and visitation arrangements for children, 4) child support obligations for parents, and 5) spousal support or alimony payments that one spouse will make to the other. The length of time that the resolutions of these issues in your case will take depends entirely on how quickly or if the parties are even able to reach an agreement. If the parties do reach an agreement, then the case can be resolved. If the parties disagree about all five issues and are unable to agree to them without going to court, the case will last a much longer time. The length of time the case will take depends on how much the parties disagree, whether the parties communicate efficiently, and the attorneys and judges that are involved in the case.