Divorce settlement


Dear duck4t:

Greetings. Remember that filing for divorce and filing for equitable distribution (property division) are not the same thing. Now to your specific question - unless you placed her name on any property - then we can presume that she is not entitled to anything that you owned before the date of marriage. Best of luck.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
919.787.6668 main phone
919.256.1665 direct fax

10925 David Taylor Drive, Suite 100
Charlotte, North Carolina 28262
704.644.2831 main voice
704.307.4595 main fax


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I got married and my wife stayed with me for only 6 months. I tried to get her to work the marriage out and she refused to talk to me. We have now been separated for 1 year and can now file for a divorce. I would like to file for a divorce but I’m concerned that she will be entitled to half of everything. She brought nothing into the marriage. She moved into my house which I own. We bought no property together and we had no children born of the marriage. She has a child by a previous marriage. According to NC law, can she get anything that belonged to me before the marriage when we were only together for 6 months?