Prepared by the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission
Please read the entire page before using this Divorce Packet. To access the Packet directly after reading, click here.
Use this packet only if:
- You or your spouse have lived in North Carolina for at least the last 6 months
- You have been separated from your spouse for at least 12 months
- You are not interested in ever receiving alimony or spousal support
- You are not interested in ever having property or debts from the marriage divided between you and your spouse
Use these forms at your own risk! These are educational forms designed to help you, but you are representing yourself. Please review and follow the directions to help you present your case. Failure to read and follow the instructions may hurt your case.
This packet cannot help you with:
- Child custody
- Legal separation
- Child support
- Division of pensions, joint savings accounts, retirement plans
- Equitable distribution of marital property (dividing things that you and your spouse both own together such as vehicles, houses, bank accounts, insurance policies, home equity, and other personal property; and also dividing debts that you and your spouse owe)
If you want these rights, you need to talk to a lawyer. This packet is not for you! If you get a divorce before you settle these matters, you may lose your rights!
You can find the name of an attorney by consulting your local telephone directory or the North Carolina Lawyer Referral Service at 1-800-662-7660. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for advice or assistance from Legal Aid of North Carolina at 1-800-219-5262.
No one except an attorney can advise you of your legal rights. No one at the Judicial Center, Clerk of Court’s office, or Judge’s office may give legal advice or tell you how to fill out these forms.
Steps for Getting an Absolute Divorce
Before beginning this process, read this complete packet and make sure you understand this process. If you have any questions or are not sure if this is the best route for your situation, talk to an attorney.
Divorce Packet and Table of Contents
- Things to Know Before You Begin
- Three Reasons to Consider Not Representing Yourself
- Steps for Getting an Absolute Divorce
- Tips for Presenting Your Case in Court
- Requirements Checklist
- Glossary of Legal Terms
- Need More Information?
- Forms You Will Need (see below)
- Forms You Might Need (see below)
Forms You Will Need
Forms included in this section will be needed over the course of filing for an Absolute Divorce. Please remember to keep at least one copy of all the forms you file for your own records.
Forms included in this section:
Forms You Might Need
Forms included in this section might be needed over the course of filing for an Absolute Divorce. Please remember to keep at least one copy of all the forms you file for your own records.
Forms included in this section:
Related Help Topics
Ways and requirements to end your marriage or domestic partnership, including separation, divorce, property, alimony and enforcement.
Information about child custody, filing, court process, enforcement and more.
How to get help, obtain a protective order, and relevant North Carolina law.
Learn how to find an attorney to represent you and other resources for legal representation.