Filing For Divorce Requirements Varies By State And Province

This is a brief article setting out some of the requirements for filing for divorce in North Carolina (NC). Please keep in mind this is the information as of the date this article was published.

North Carolina Divorce Statistics

Divorce is never easy, but you aren't alone. In 2005 there were over 2 million divorces in the USA resulting in a 3.6 per 1,000 people divorce rate. The rate in North Carolina is slightly above the USA national average (in 2005) at 3.8 per 1,000 people.

What is not surprising is the national rate after each successive marriage increases. After a first marriage, the rate jumps from 43 to 50 percent; second marriage to 67 percent; after the third marriage to 74 percent.

Just so you know, if you want to file a do-it-yourself divorce in North Carolina your or your spouse must have residency for at least 6 months before filing the documents. You also have to live separate and apart from your spouse for one year.

North Carolina FAQs:

  1. Does NC recognized no-fault divorces? No. This means you must state your grounds.
  2. Can you do your own divorce if child custody is in issue? Yes, as long as the court considers your terms to be 'in the best interests of the child (ren).
  3. How much is child support? North Carolina has child support guidelines that apply in every case unless exceptional circumstances apply. The child support guidelines are based on the incomes of both parent and child (ren) expenses.
  4. Which court to file the paperwork? Typically in the county court where one spouse resides.
  5. How much are the court filing fees? It depends on the county in which you file your documents.
  6. Can you get a divorce without a lawyer? Yes, you can. You can do it completely on your own or use an online divorce service – which is like using a do-it-yourself divorce kit, but with assistance.

Assuming you qualify for getting a divorce in NC, how should you go about it?

Simple, if you and your spouse agree to all the terms, then you need consider getting a divorce without a lawyer by using an Online divorce service or going to a local attorney for legal advice. Some of the online divorce services are fantastic. All you need to do is answer questions provided to you and the service prepares all the forms you need to file. It's a so-it-yourself divorce kit with help. Moreover, a quality do-it-yourself Online service will tell you exactly where to file your paperwork as well.