Filing for Divorce
Some North Carolina counties make it easy for you to file for divorce on your own by offering self-service centers. If all you want is a divorce – you don't care about alimony, dividing your marital property or setting custody terms – you can simply file, then appear before a judge to give some brief testimony regarding the facts of your case. You can be divorced that easily. If you use an attorney, you don't even have to appear in court – your lawyer can handle the appearance for you.
Equitable Distribution Claims
If you don't ask the court to decide issues of property or alimony as part of your divorce, and if you and your spouse don't reach a written agreement regarding these matters, you can't go back to court after your divorce is final and ask the judge to decide these issues. You can only go back to court over issues relating to your children. If you want the court to deal with property or alimony issues, you must file a separate complaint for this relief as part of your divorce action. Property division is a tricky aspect of divorce, and you may need a lawyer to assist you.