What Forms Do I Need When Filing for a Divorce in North Carolina?
You can file for divorce in North Carolina without establishing a cause for divorce, other than separation of one year, if:
- You are a resident of North Carolina (you or your spouse has lived in the state for at least six months); and
- You and your spouse have lived separate and apart for at least one year.
The following forms can help you to seek an absolute divorce from your spouse, but cannot help you in terms of seeking an award for equitable property distribution, alimony/spousal support, child support, or child custody. The three documents that you will need in order to inform the court of your intent to divorce are:
- Complaint for absolute divorce;
- Domestic civil action cover sheet; and
- Civil summons.
Once you have filled out these three forms, you must file them with your local clerk’s office and pay the filing fee.
One this step has been completed, the next step is to officially and legally inform your spouse of your intent to divorce. This requires serving your spouse with the complaint and summons (which can be done by the sheriff).
Once your divorce is finalized, two other important forms are the judgment for absolute divorce and the certificate of absolute divorce.