…Not all marriages remain stable. It happens all too often. Communication stops, money problems erupt, stress builds, others look more enticing to you or your spouse, or you come to blows….you separate….Now what do you do? In North Carolina, you have to wait a year AND a day to file for absolute divorce, but plenty of work can be done from before you separate and before the divorce becomes final.
- You have options. Discussing your situation with a family law or divorce attorney can help you decide what’s best for you (and your family).
- If domestic violence is involved, it will impact your case.
- If you or your spouse had an affair, it could impact your case.
- If you or your spouse doesn’t work, it will impact your financial situation.
- It doesn’t have to be contentious. Both you and your spouse may benefit financially from working out a separation agreement.
- If you can’t come to an agreement, then the next step to file in court and attend mediation for property distribution and custody, if needed.
- If you still can’t agree after mediation, the judge will decide who gets what and the custody schedule for your children.
You need an experienced family law and divorce attorney to work for you each step of the way- one that will represent you and fight for and protect your rights and get the best outcome at whichever step you are on. Jeff at Gillette Law has the experience to know when it is best to fight and when to negotiate, and can advise you throughout the process, including separation agreements, post-separation support and alimony, property distribution, custody and divorce.