What is Absolute Divorce in North Carolina?

“Absolute divorce” is simply the legal terminology for “divorce” and is granted in North Carolina after one year of separation. North Carolina is a “no-fault” divorce state, so neither you nor your spouse is required to prove any marital wrong-doing.

The Court mandates the following requirements for absolute divorce:

  1. That the spouses have been residents of the state for more than six months preceding filing of the action;
  2. That the spouses have lived separate and apart for more than 12 months preceding filing of the action;
  3. That one of the spouses intends for the separation to be permanent.