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Filing for Divorce without an Attorney

You are not required to be represented by a divorce lawyer in North Carolina. However, you should be certain you understand the implications before proceeding on your own. Learn more by reading our Divorce page. If you have decided to proceed on your own, here is some basic information. Step 1: File the complaint and…

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What Does a Divorce Involve?

Most people think of “divorce” as one big legal claim. But divorce is actually several different claims that are often lumped together. You may only need to make a simple claim for absolute divorce, severing the bonds of marriage between you and your spouse. But, most people who were married for a while have other…

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Steps to Take Before Separation

The most important thing you can do before you separate from your spouse is consult an attorney to help you work through the potential pitfalls and consequences of various tactics. We understand, however, that not everyone has the opportunity or financial ability to meet with a lawyer prior to separating. Regardless of whether you’re able…

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Divorce Do’s & Don’ts

Keeping these simple guidelines in mind can help you survive and get ahead in your family law case. DO take threats and acts of domestic violence seriously. Call 911 and consult with a domestic violence agency or an attorney if you feel threatened, or if believe you or your children are in danger. DO consult…