North Carolina Pro Se FAQ’s

This is about filing your own divorce in North Carolina, including how hard it is to file your own divorce in North Carolina, what divorce papers need to be filed, and what the filing fees are for divorce in North Carolina.This information is from Lee Rosen, the DivorceInfo Network Lawyer for North Carolina. Click here to visit his web site.

How hard is it to file my own divorce?

It’s really quite easy keeping in mind that a North Carolina divorce does not involve child custody, child support, alimony or property distribution. Some counties, such as Wake County, have a kit, prepared by the Clerk of Court, which is available for purchase.

What are the papers that need to be filed?

Divorce is not a complex process in North Carolina. You or your lawyer file a divorce complaint with the clerk of court in the county of your residence. The complaint must then be delivered to your spouse, either by the sheriff or by certified mail. After waiting a specified period of time either you or your attorney can appear in court and obtain a divorce. Once the order is signed by the judge, your divorce is final, and you may remarry if you so desire.

However, the absolute divorce is only one part of the process. It is merely the judicial proclamation that ends your marriage. The complexity of a domestic case arises in deciding other issues such as child custody, child support, division of property, and alimony. These issues are resolved either through negotiation or through a court process.

The divorce requires the preparation of a summons, domestic relations cover sheet, complaint, judgement, notice of hearing, calendar request and a certificate of divorce.

What’s the filing fee for a divorce?

$50.00 plus the cost of service, which if handled by the Sheriff, is $5.00.

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