New to NC, military divorce


Dear marisandoz:

Greetings. First, no we are not a member of EX-POSSE, but we are the largest divorce only law firm in NC and we have considerable experience helping military members and/or their spouses divide property and obtain a divorce.

You will not be able to file for divorce until January 4, 2006. You do not need to file for divorce though to deal with the issues of property distribution, alimony, child custody, and/or child support. All of these issues can be resolved in a separation agreement even before the date of separation. I would advise you to speak with an attorney immediately about commencing negotiations, especially if you are slated to receive alimony. Thank you.

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


The response posted above is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only reliable manner to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an attorney, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an accurate opinion. The basic information provided above is intended as a public service but a full discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action.


I just recently moved to NC in December, my husband moved to Japan with the US Navy Jan 3, with the understanding that this move was a formal separation for both of us. How soon can I start the proceedings for a divorce? Is this law firm a member of EX-POSSE, a group based in Arlington, Va? I have spoken with them several times and they have instructed me to find a lawyer that is knowledgeable about military divorces as there are very important differences in the divorce settlement, ie, what constitutes property (retirement pay is subject to division) etc. Do I need to wait until he is based stateside, is he not subject to NC law at this time? I just want to be free of him as quickly as possible. Thank you in advance.