If you and your spouse find yourselves coming out of quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic headed toward divorce or separation, you are not alone. In fact, experts believe there will be a wave of divorces filed across the country as quarantine is lifted for more and more states.
Though they opened back up June 1, access to NC courts is currently limited because of the backlog of cases and the need to take preventative safety measures.
From tensions due to forced quarantine to financial stress to those in less-than-ideal situations wanting to make positive changes in their life, there are a lot of reasons that can be cited for the spike in separations.
Whatever your reason may be, we want to assure you that our team of experienced family law attorneys will help you through the process with the goal of getting you the best outcome for you and your family.
Where do I start?
The first step in an NC divorce is a one-year separation. NC couples looking to file for divorce are required to live separate lives for 12 months before petitioning the court for an absolute divorce.
It is important that you consult with an attorney before and during your separation so that you are prepared and understand what will be required of you during the divorce process.
Our team is ready to help you. Give us a call at 704-512-0606.
What is the divorce process like?
There is no “typical” divorce process, because factors like marital and separate property and child custody are involved. Our attorneys will handle your family law matter through a personalized approach that is focused on you and your family’s needs.
When there are children and custody matters involved, we understand that their well-being is at the top of your list of concerns. We can help you understand the different types of custody arrangements and determine which will be the best arrangement for your family.
- Cheating or alienation of affection
- Though NC is a no-fault divorce state, which means there doesn’t need to be a “reason” for a divorce, situations of cheating and alienation of affection can impact alimony and child custody.
- Domestic violence
- North Carolina defines domestic violence as violent acts committed between people sharing a personal relationship. Victims of domestic violence in North Carolina can file an application for a court-issued protective order, or 50(b).
- Child abuse or neglect
- An accusation of child abuse or neglect can affect your custody battle. If you believe you should file a report with DSS about someone else or have had an accusation filed against you, you need the help of our family law team.
- Keeping track of important documents
- There are many documents that are important for your divorce lawyer to have so that they are able to present your case effectively. Some are obvious, like tax records and bank statements, and some are less obvious, like your child’s report cards.
The most important takeaway is that without a skilled Charlotte divorce attorney, or team of family law attorneys, on your side during your separation and divorce, too much is left up to chance. If you believe you are headed towards divorce after COVID-19 quarantine, contact us as soon as possible.