Get Expert Advice On Divorce In North Carolina

Seeking a divorce is one of the biggest decisions a person can make. There are many issues to consider, especially for couples with children or significant assets.

Tarrant Family Law can assist in any type of divorce, in and outside the courtroom, including those with complex property considerations such as:

  • Couples with multiple homes or real estate holdings
  • Closely-held businesses or professional practices
  • Executive compensation packages
  • Unique or high-value assets
  • State-sponsored retirement plans
  • Bankruptcy or loss of employment

As a certified family law specialist, attorney Ryan M. Tarrant can provide you with the in-depth knowledge you need to achieve the best possible outcome in your divorce. He will always be available to answer your questions so you can focus on moving on.

Separation Agreements Can Help You Resolve Complex Matters Outside Of Court

There is a waiting period for divorce in North Carolina. Courts in our state require a one year waiting period before they will grant your divorce. In the meantime, the separation agreement and property settlement can be negotiated, drafted, and executed.

In North Carolina, legal separation happens when at least one spouse intends to separate and that the separation will be permanent, and the two of you are physically separated. This generally means living in different residences; separate rooms under the same roof will not be enough. If these requirements are met, legal documentation of your separation is not required.

Mediation Can Help You Resolve Conflicts Such As Dividing Retirement Accounts

State law follows the concept of "equitable distribution" when it comes to marital property. Courts use a list of factors to decide how property will be divided during divorce. So, while your 401(k) may be subject to division, you may not necessarily lose half. These, and any other disputes, can be part of the mediation process, which is required by the Court when you and your spouse cannot agree to property division terms on your own.

What Happens If One Spouse Had An Affair?

North Carolina is a no-fault divorce state, but if there is proof that a spouse who was financially dependent on their partner committed adultery during the marriage, they are not eligible to receive spousal support. This area of law is often very complicated. If your divorce involves allegations of marital misconduct, it is important to work with a lawyer who specializes in family law.

Make An Appointment

To learn more about your legal options to settle matters outside of the courtroom, including separation agreements, property settlements and mediation, contact Tarrant Family Law in Raleigh at 919-882-2085 or use our online contact form to request a consultation.