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Separation and Divorce


The Basics of Separation and Divorce


In North Carolina you must be separated for at least one year before you may seek an absolute divorce. Separation means living "separate and apart" from one's spouse (not living as man and wife) with the intent on the part of at least one spouse not to resume the marriage.

The issues of financial support and division of property may be resolved before or during separation, prior to divorce, or even after divorce if properly pleaded in litigation. There are many processes available for resolving these issues, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, collaborative process, or litigation.

Each has its advantages and disadvantages. There are good reasons for spouses to work cooperatively through the divorce process. If it is not possible for you to resolve these issues completely, then litigation becomes the best alternative to a negotiated agreement.


Divorce Litigation, the Final Alternative

Despite best efforts and intentions, couples may find themselves facing divorce. Divorce litigation is an expensive and time-consuming process. Our approach to this process keeps the focus on you by helping you clearly develop your goals and objectives and formulating a strategic plan to help you attain your objectives.



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