Dear Lisa Ferr:
Greetings. You are welcome for the forum. 1. No, it is highly unlikely that the divorce occured outside NC or FL. 2. No, I can honestly say that you are not incorrect for assuming that he misstated his marital status.
In NC, you can obtain a divorce before the conclusion of equitable distribution. Our divorce judgment is also a very simple document, although if he obtained a certified copy of one, you would indeed know he was divorced.
Finally, I know of no state wide agency that could confirm or deny the fact that your boyfriend was divorced. Divorce is a county by county action and although there is the vital statistics database, it is not a statewide compilation on who is/is not divorced as far as I know. 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
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