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The Legal Impacts of Divorce

In Separation & Divorce by Sarah Hink

Divorce is a major life event with great emotional and practical impacts. While you live and experience the full range of grief, fear, anger, excitement, and denial that comes with divorce, it is worth noting that there are also great legal impacts of divorce. North Carolina is an absolute divorce state, meaning all that has to be proven to a court to obtain a divorce is that one spouse has lived in the state for at least six months and that the couple has been separated—having lived separate and apart—for a year. Once a court has entered a divorce order, you are divorced and your marriage is legally over. It is therefore important that before you obtain a divorce, you have a basic understanding of the impacts of getting divorced. …