Protesting a divorce

Please let me know whn you get an answer on this, Good luck.

J.M. Billing

Your friend’s girlfriend’s husband could not contest the divorce based on adultery, because there are only 2 bases for divorce in North Carolina: 12 month separation and incurable insanity. However, he could file an action for equitable distribution of any marital property, and possibly alimony, if they meet the statutory requirements of being a dependent spouse. Adultery is relevant only when someone is seeking alimony. Her husband could contest a divorce if there was something in the divorce complaint that was not true, and needed to be decided by a court, for instance, the date of separation.

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I am close friends with a coworker who’s dating a woman that left her husband over a year ago. They are very much in love and he swears she wants a divorce, but says she is hesitant to be the one to file. My friend has been openly dating this woman for the past year and there were no legal separation papers signed between this woman and her husband. I warned him about this and am worried about him because he seems to take all of this lightly. I want to know, if she files the papers, could her husband then protest the divorce on ground of adultery? What grounds would he have to protest the divorce at all? I am afraid that he hasn’t filed himself yet because he is waiting for her to file - for a reason. Any help is appreciated!