If you can show that you and your spouse has been living under different addresses and there haven’t been any attempt of reconciliation within that year. then I thnk your answer is yes.

Not a lawyer, but: You don’t HAVE to file any separation papers when you separate. It’s in your best interest to do so, but a “legal” separation in NC occurs as soon as the parties live in different physical addresses. As far as I know, no proof other than your word will be required, as you will state that you have been separated for a year under oath.

So yes, if you have been separated for a year, but have no separation agreement in place, you can still file for an absolute divorce. But I would get a separation agreement in place (with the help of an attorney) before you get the divorce because you waive all sorts of rights if you divorce and property is not settled and so forth.

Daer leegleB:

Greetings. Yes, this counts as the one year legal separation. Thank you.

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If I am separated from my wife for one year but no legal separation papers were filed but the separation can be verified beyond any doubt, does this count as the 1 year separation period required for divorce in NC?

Mike Lowell