Canadian living in NC filing for separation

We recently moved to NC , 1 month a ago. Me and my spouse are Canadian citizen. I am primary bread earner in the house and my husband had minimum income. We have 2 kids 9 year old. I had come to US on TN1 visa and my husband stayed in US on TD (dependent visa). When we decided to get separated my husband left and went back to Canada while I am residing in NC with 2 kids. Do we have to get Canadian lawyer to file for separation or I can do it with lawyer in NC ??

You can resolve the marital issues out of court here in NC since you are a resident here However, you would be unable to file anything in court (the claim for equitable distribution for example) until you have been a resident of the State of NC for at least 6 months.

NC courts will not have jurisdiction over the children to issue child custody orders until the children have resided in the State of NC for at least 6 months.


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To file a claim before the North Carolina courts can investigate your child’s affairs, you must have resided in North Carolina for at most 6 months.