The good is that North Carolina is a no-fault divorce state, the bad is that you have to be separated for one year before a marriage can be dissolved. However, you still can resolve some of the most difficult issues, such as child custody and visitation during the waiting period.
An estranged couple can negotiate and sign a separation agreement which is a contract that allows them to resolve the issues outside of court.
Child Custody & Visitation
Child custody comes in two types in North Carolina: legal custody (the ability to make decisions concerning children) and physical custody (where the child spends time).
North Carolina Child Support Guidelines
The North Carolina child support presumptive guidelines is the starting point for any calculation of child support is typically based upon Child support is typically based upon.
Spousal support comes in two types in North Carolina if one of the parties is financially dependent on the other and the supporting spouse can afford to pay: post-separation support and alimony.
Marital Property Division
Equitable distribute is how marital assets and debts will be divided between the parties. "Equitable" is presumed to be 50-50. However, the court can award one party a greater share of marital assets in some circumstances.