Do you have to be separated for a year to get a divorce in NC?

Do you have to be separated for a year to get a divorce in NC?

In NC you must be separated for at least one full year before you can file for divorce.

Is it better to get a legal separation before a divorce?

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A legal separation can be a stopping point on the way to divorce. It allows a couple to resolve all the important issues (custody and financial issues) in their lives while keeping the marriage intact and determining what they really want. A legal separation is reversible. If you get divorced, there is no going back.

What does legal separation protect you from?

Most importantly, a legal separation agreement will protect you from being responsible for any debt your spouse acquires during the period of separation if you live in an equitable distribution state. If you live in a community property state, you don't get this protection under a legal separation agreement.