Greetings. It sounds to me like you have received some misinformation. You can file for divorce after one year and one day of separation. When you file the complaint for divorce, you must also serve the complaint on the other party through certified mail or by Sheriff (at their home or work). After they are served, you must wait thirty (30) days for them to file an answer. After the expiration of the thirty (30) days, you can file a Motion for Summary Judgment (meaning there is no issue of fact) and a Notice of Hearing for the Divorce. You must give at least ten (10) days notice of the hearing.
I tell my clients that it takes approximately forty-five (45) days from the date of service to get a divorce - definitely not six months.
If there are service issues (such as your spouse is hard to locate) then it may take longer.
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney at Law
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 200
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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