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Divorce: Settling your case in North Carolina

When you decide to get a divorce, one of your main concerns may be when the divorce will actually be finalized. Many people have this question, and because each situation is different, the answer can also range from a few months to a few years down the line. The difference really comes down to how quickly you can settle your affairs and if you need to do so with help from the courts.

In North Carolina, you need to file a few divorce documents with the court that must be verified under oath before you can move forward with your divorce. Because of that, these documents have to be collected and verified in advance, which can take a significant amount of time.

Once you're asked to present the documents to the judge, this will likely be the only time he reviews them before making a final decision in your case, so you must include all the information you want him to see. If you decide you want the judge to make a decision, you won't be submitting any kind of settlement documents. However, it's in your best interest to have negotiations take place outside court.

There are always two sides to every story, and anything you decide to bring up in court could be used against you or your spouse. Because you're not the only one talking in court, remember that if your case goes to trial, you might have some of your own dirty laundry discussed. Is it worth it? Consider what you're willing to have made public before you determine that a trial is the only way out of your marriage.

Source: The Charlotte Observer, "Will I get my day in Court? 4 things to consider when divorcing," Nicole Sodoma, May 22, 2016

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