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From what I understand, if both of you agree in writing that you have not had sex and have not lived together for over a year, which is the required time apart in North Carolina, then the judge should take that into consideration and grant a divorce. I am not sure how the inclusion of a child affects this however because the final documents have to be drawn up by SOMEONE and I don’t recommend it be you or your wife.

Dear Tonyron:

Greetings. Yes, you may file divorce without an attorney and you can find the information on our website (including the forms).


The information you provided is not accurate. Sex is only one way to look at whether or not the parties are separated, but having sex during separation does not necessarily mean that the separation period must start over.

Thank you.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Law Firm

4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
919.787.6668 main phone
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Charlotte, North Carolina 28262
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I have been separated for more than one year now and would like to finally sever ties with me ex-wife. We do not have any property or assets to divide and the child support has been decided upon and is in place. May I file for divorce without an attorney and how long will it take to become final.

Anthony C Allen