Greetings. Yes, you are correct on the procedure.
Your spouse could contest that you were not separated for at least one year prior to the date of filing for the divorce. Yes, your spouse may file a claim for equitable distribution to have the utility bills equally divided between you, if they were created during the marriage, but that is all I can think of. Best of luck.
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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