Absolute vs Collaborative

In order to obtain a divorce in NC you must be living seperate and apart for one year. There is no way around it , unless you qualify for an anullment(which is rare).

Thanks. Guess I’ll just have to wait it out.


The collaborative process is used to deal with issues such as alimony, property and children. They can be resolved immediately. The divorce (merely a status change) always requires a one year wait.

Lee S. Rosen
Board Certified Family Law Specialist
The Rosen Law Firm
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

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I’m just getting into this and have a bunch to learn. I understand an absolute divorce takes 12 months of separation to work. If one goes the collaborative route, assuming there isn’t much to settle in the first place and all children are above 18 yrs of age - how long is this process in comparison?
I would prefer something quicker than the absolute method.