How long does a divorce take in North Carolina?

In North Carolina, the length of time a divorce takes depends greatly from county to county.  After the defendant (the spouse who did not start the proceedings) is “served” (determined to have been given legal notice of the divorce), the spouse has at least 30 days to respond.  This date is either the day that the defendant,…

When Can I Start Dating Again?

North Carolina has an Alien of Affection statute. However, the statute only applies up to the date of separation from your spouse.  After you have separated, you may begin dating. If your divorce is contested, you may wish to consult your family law attorney before beginning to date. Although you are legally allowed to begin a…