The State of North Carolina allows for an uncontested divorce under certain circumstances. These types of divorce proceedings are sometimes called no-fault divorces or simple divorces. Theoretically, in a no-fault divorce proceeding, there are no major arguments between the spouses with regard to alimony, assets, and spousal support.
Even in so-called uncontested divorce proceedings, however, disputes can – and often do – arise between the spouses. Consequently, it is best to have an experienced lawyer on your side, helping you file the necessary paperwork with the court and assisting you with resolving any problems that arise over the course of the legal proceedings.
Raleigh divorce attorney Daphne Edwards at Daphne Edwards Divorce & Family Law uses her experience to assist clients with filing uncontested divorce proceedings and bringing them to a close quickly and efficiently. Attorney Edwards will make sure that all of the necessary paperwork is filed in a timely manner in your case and can represent you at all hearings and court proceedings.
Grounds for an Uncontested Divorce in North Carolina
Uncontested divorce proceedings are usually simpler and quicker than traditional divorce matters. However, in order to obtain an uncontested divorce in North Carolina, you must still follow certain protocols and successfully satisfy certain requirements. Those requirements include all of the following:
- Either you or your spouse must have resided in North Carolina for a minimum period of six months prior to filing your divorce complaint (i.e., the residency requirement)
- You and your spouse must not have lived together under the same roof for a minimum of one year (i.e., irreconcilable differences requirement)
- The spouses must agree on all of the major aspects of the divorce, and there are no disagreements about major issues, such as property division and spousal or child support (sometimes memorialized beforehand in a Marital Separation Agreement)
How a Lawyer could be Helpful in an Uncontested Divorce Matter
An experienced Raleigh family law attorney can be helpful – and even essential – to you during uncontested divorce proceedings. Challenges can still arise during the parties’ separation, especially in cases where the parties have children and agree to a custody arrangement, but a new romantic partner enters the picture. A lawyer could also ensure that you have all of the necessary information regarding your spouse’s finances and marital property, both of which are necessary to facilitate a fair alimony agreement and property settlement in your case.
Finally, an experienced Raleigh divorce lawyer can handle all of the day-to-day aspects of your uncontested divorce case, such as filing the necessary paperwork, making sure that your spouse gets served with a copy of the complaint, and appearing in court with you.
Call a Raleigh, North Carolina Divorce Lawyer Today
If you are in the midst of an uncontested divorce proceeding, let divorce attorney Daphne Edwards of Daphne Edwards Divorce & Family Law help you resolve your legal matter. To schedule a free consultation or case evaluation with a Raleigh, North Carolina divorce lawyer, call today at (919) 838-7160 or contact us online.