Separation and debts

Dear KMD:

Greetings. No, divorce in North Carolina takes one year from the date of legal separation. It does not matter if you have had marital relations or not. We do not back date the paperwork - as that is “false” and would cause you to commit perjury when you sign it and when you file for divorce. Perjury is a crime in North Carolina.

Sometimes debt and assets are not split exactly 50/50 - as we have many different factors that the court can look at when we ask for an unequal distribution.

Now, I am also very concerned about the physical and verbal abuse you have mentioned. Please take steps to keep yourself from being harmed. Let us know if we can help. Thank you.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

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I have been married for 14 years. We have not had marital relations for 4 years, there has been physical and verbal abuse (but it is not documented) throughout the marriage. We have 1 child, a house, cars and debts. We still currently live together. My first question is if I file legal separation papers can the divorce be legal faster than 1 year since we have not had marital relations for so long? Or can the paperwork be back dated? My second question is are all assets and debts split 50/50 no matter what? He has recently incurred some debts without my knowlege that I do not want to be liable for. Thank you.