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The Legal Impacts of Reconciliation

In Separation & Divorce by Sarah Hink

North Carolina is an absolute divorce state, which is a no-fault form of divorce. To obtain a divorce, a spouse needs to demonstrate that the couple has been separated for no less than one year. This means that a couple must live “separate and apart” from each other for one uninterrupted year before either spouse can file a petition seeking the dissolution of their marriage. A lot can happen in a year, especially when it comes to ending a marriage. The decision is a big deal and can be really confusing to process. Some people change their minds and try to work it out again or even rekindle their intimacy while still intending to divorce. It is therefore important to understand what constitutes reconciliation and how it can impact your …

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What Constitutes Reconciliation During a Separation?

In Separation & Divorce by Sarah Hink

Life is fluid and people change their minds all the time. We see this proven when people find themselves in cycles of breaking up then making up with a partner. Our hearts and our emotions can be unpredictable, especially when there is a shared history and an emotional investment that is hard to abruptly end. North Carolina law requires that couples separate for a year prior to seeking a divorce. This means that at least one spouse intends to separate and that they live separate and apart from one another. What many couples discover is that a year is a long time. This begs the questions: what happens when couples get back together during that year? What are the Effects of Reconciliation? When a couple reconciles during a separation period, …

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The Impacts of Reconciliation

In Separation & Divorce by Sarah Hink

The decision to separate with the intention to divorce is an intensely difficult and personal one. A long-term relationship is incredibly hard to end: you are voluntarily choosing to change your entire life and leaving behind a long history with your partner. This is especially true when there are children involved. Overall, the situation is a fluid one, and it isn’t unusual for couples to try to work things out instead of divorcing. Legally, this is referred to as reconciliation. What Constitutes a Reconciliation? Absolute divorce in North Carolina requires a separation period of one year, during which the couple must live “separate and apart.” This means that they must be residing in separate residences. Reconciliation is the voluntary process of reviving a marital relationship, ending the separation. Courts look …