Divorce is never easy, but there’s no reason you have to go through a difficult divorce alone. At Myers Law Firm, we guide our clients through the end of their marriage with compassion. We always look out for our clients' best interests with an aggressive, efficient legal approach.
We focus on reasonable compromise, and we excel at communicating and negotiating with the other side during a divorce case. But we’ll never hesitate to stand up and fight for your rights in court when it’s necessary.
Understanding Your North Carolina Divorce Case
When someone refers to a “long, drawn-out divorce” or mentions a legal battle over a divorce, they aren’t really talking about the divorce itself. Instead, they’re referring to the wide range of legal issues that tend to come up before a divorce can even happen.
A divorce (technically called an “absolute divorce”) is simply the official dissolution of a marriage, and it’s a fairly straightforward legal matter. But to obtain a divorce, most people have to resolve several other legal issues first. The most notable among those issues are:
Issues involving the care and supervision of any children of the marriage need to be settled.
Both parties need to decide whether the parent who has custody is entitled to payments from the other parent to address the child’s needs and expenses. They also need to determine the amount of those payments.
All assets that spouses accumulated together during their marriage need to be assessed and distributed.
The parties need to decide whether one spouse owes the other financial support so that they can continue to experience the standard of living they enjoyed during the marriage. And they need to decide what the amount of that support will be.
These are the complicated legal issues that lead to the “nightmare divorce” stories that everyone hears about. Once they’re resolved, obtaining a divorce can usually be accomplished in a matter of weeks or months.
Do I Need a Lawyer to Get Divorced in North Carolina?
If you and your spouse both agree that your marriage is broken beyond repair and you don’t have any children or property together, you may not need to hire an attorney for your divorce. However, it’s important to keep in mind that you need to meet three conditions to obtain an absolute divorce in Mecklenburg County:
- You and your spouse must have lived separate and apart for one year.
- At least one of you must have intended to no longer participate in the marriage for the entire one-year period. (In other words, if you get back together and break up again, the one-year “separation clock” starts over.)
- At least one of you must have resided in North Carolina for six months before filing for divorce.
If you meet all these conditions and don’t have children or any significant assets to fight over, then it might make sense to handle your divorce on your own without help from a lawyer. For more information, read our handy guide on how to obtain an absolute divorce in North Carolina.
When Handling Your Divorce on Your Own Is a Bad Idea
If you have children with your spouse or you’ve been married a while and have significant assets together, it’s probably a bad idea to try and represent yourself during your divorce. Any mistakes could prove extremely costly. And hiring a lawyer to fix those mistakes later could be more expensive and difficult than if you had worked with the right attorney in the first place.
By trying to handle your divorce without help from an experienced family law attorney, you could lose your rights to money or property forever. Even worse, you could end up with a child custody agreement that puts significant barriers between you and your children. While hiring a lawyer might sound intimidating and expensive, it doesn’t have to be either of those things. More importantly, it will help you move forward with confidence and get through the divorce process efficiently with much less pain, stress, and anxiety.
North Carolina Divorce Lawyers With Experience: Myers Law Firm
When you choose the attorneys at Myers Law Firm to handle your divorce case, we’ll help you understand your legal rights and options, and we’ll guide you and support you through every step of the divorce process. With decades of experience handling divorce cases and related legal matters in Mecklenburg County, we know the local courthouses intimately, and we’ll use that knowledge to advocate on your behalf efficiently and relentlessly.
The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject.