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Divorce Residency Requirements

In order to file for a divorce in North Carolina, you must first meet certain requirements. Marriages and divorces are not handled the federal government; each state sets its own guidelines on these issues. It is not required for two people to file for divorce in the same state in which they were married, just as it is not always required for a person to live in a particular state for an extended period before getting married there.

North Carolina Residency Requirements

North Carolina has specific requirements for divorce proceedings. In order to qualify for a divorce in the state of North Carolina:

  • The person filing for divorce must have resided in the state for a period of at least six months prior to filing
  • The divorce must be filed in the county of residence of either party.

If you do not meet these requirements and wish to proceed with your divorce, you have a few options:

  • Establish North Carolina residency for a period of six months, and then file for divorce.
  • If your spouse meets the residency requirements while you do not, have your spouse file for divorce.
  • File for divorce in a different state in which you meet the residency requirements.

A qualified North Carolina divorce attorney can further explain your options and provide specific legal advice for your situation.

Contact Us

If you are considering a divorce in North Carolina, it is important to become familiar with the state’s filing requirements. To learn more, contact the Raleigh divorce lawyers of the Marshall & Taylor PLLC by calling (919) 833-1040.