Greetings. The general answer is NO, the equitable distribution cannot be filed after the divorce is final.
There are some rare cases though when someone had a filing which was supposed to contain an equitable distribution claim, but failed to do so in the language therein correctly, and then the court allowed them to return and amend their complaint. This is extremely rare and you should consult an attorney immediately if you think you have lost your claim for equitable distribution to see if they can help you! The longer you wait, the more certain your loss is.
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney at Law
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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