If you are resolved to change your circumstances in 2018 and that change includes divorce, then here are some tips for you:
1. Trust yourself. You can do this. Yes, divorce is a difficult process but if you are confident your decision is the right one for you, then move forward with certainty that divorce is a choice with a guaranteed outcome. Your spouse cannot prevent you from getting divorced.
2. Understand the process. Divorce does require filing in Court but it does not mean that you and your spouse are required to litigate all of your issues in a courtroom. Many spouses choose to settle their custody, property, and financial issues outside of court and only have an attorney file the necessary legal documents to finalize their divorce. Seek assistance from a collaborative law attorney if this seems like the right path for you.
3. Litigation is an Option. Your spouse may not want to collaborate with you, and that means you will be required to file documents in Court to start the process. If you are unsure what option you may need, then consult with a firm that offers both a collaborative and litigation practice.
4. NC requires a 365-day separation. North Carolina requires a 365-day period of separation before a Complaint for Absolute Divorce can be filed with the Court. This does not mean that you can not negotiate or litigate issues including financial support for you and your children, property distribution and custody during that time period. In fact, the process to resolve these issues can start immediately.
5. Your First Step. Your first step is to consult with a licensed attorney who concentrates his or her practice in family law. During a one-hour consultation with our office, the goal is to educate the client to ensure he or she understands the law and the process and to help guide the client to make the best choices for him or her and their family.
Visit our website at www.woffordfamilylaw.com or contact our office at 704.626.6672 to schedule a consultation with Hunt or Rebecca Wofford.