Divorce in NC or CA?

If you get a divorce in CA, you will be following CA law and procedure on the matter, as well as their separation requirements (if any), and residency requirements.

If neither party is currently a resident in CA, you will be unable to get a divorce there.

It does not matter at all that you were married there.

I cannot advise you regarding the difference between North Carolina and California because I am not licensed in California.

Helena M. Nevicosi
Attorney with Rosen Law Firm

4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
919.787.6668 main phone
919.787.6361 main fax

Charlotte Office
301 McCullough Drive
Suite 510
Charlotte, NC 28262
Main Phone: (704)307.4600
Main Fax: (704) 9343.0044

Durham & Chapel Hill Office
1829 East Franklin Street
Building 600
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 321.0780


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Thank you for your recent help regarding legal separation.

My next question is this. We were married in CA almost 17 years ago. (We have lived here 3 years). Are there any advantages to trying to obtain the divorce in CA verses NC? Is the wait (1 year, 1 day) the same?

Fred Lynn