In some jurisdictions (such as Fairfax County), regardless of fault grounds, you will not be scheduled for an equitable distribution divorce trial until beyond the statutory time period.
Unfortunately, many people reach a point of no return in their marital relationship.
Perhaps a spouse has been unfaithful or abusive, or maybe two people have simply drifted apart over time.
In North Carolina, the separation of a married couple takes place when they move into separate residences with the intent of living separate and apart.
It is advisable for a couple contemplating legal separation in North Carolina to consult with their attorneys prior to their actual separation for the purpose of drafting a Separation Agreement and Property Settlement.
This is a written contract between the spouses and can cover all or some of the issues involved in their separation and eventual divorce.