County: Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
Background: Plaintiff retained attorney to establish Separation, Alimony, Property Distribution; Child custody/support agreements.
Attorney was dismissed once all documents were established/filed.
Defendant was self-represented.
Absolute divorce: DIY filing after 1 year separation date + 1 day
Process questions: I understand there is a 30 day wait period following the date of plaintiff filing (summons, civil action coversheet, complaint) and when the defendant documents are filed (acceptance of service, answer to divorce complaint and waiver).
If both plaintiff and defendant agree to the divorce and file their documents on the same day, does service still need to be done on the defendant and the 30 day wait period still apply? Or, can service be taken care of at the clerk’s office on the day of filing?
Also, can a court date for summary judgment be requested on the day of filing?