Divorce Is The End Result, Not The Beginning Of The Legal Separation Process

Coggin Law, PLLC, in Charlotte, focuses exclusively on North Carolina family law. Many people think filing for divorce is the first step in the process to dissolve their marriage. In fact, the actual divorce judgment comes only at the end of a legal process that begins when spouses separate. This process typically involves entering into a private Separation Agreement that covers your marital property/debt, spousal support and children's issues (custody and support). Even though North Carolina statutes require that you be separated for one year before obtaining a divorce, you can immediately move forward with solidifying your rights in a private separation and property settlement agreement.