An uncontested divorce occurs when neither party is arguing over anything and they simply want to terminate their relationship. Typically, the parties have either already divided their property or there wasn’t any property to divide.
How do I get a divorce in Mecklenburg County? In Mecklenburg County, there are a number of requirements before you can file for divorce:
1. Either the plaintiff or the defendant must have lived in North Carolina for at least six months prior to filing for the divorce.
2. The plaintiff and the defendant must have lived separate and apart for at least one year and one day prior to filing for the divorce. Once the statutory time period has passed, either party may file for divorce.
3. The plaintiff must be able to prove that he or she served the defendant. This can be done through certified mail, the sheriff, or publication. Service is typically done by certified mail before using the services of the sheriff. If the defendant cannot be located, service by publication may be used.
Once I file for divorce in Mecklenburg County, how long does it take? Once the plaintiff files for divorce, the defendant has 30 days to respond. If 30 days have passed and the plaintiff can prove that the defendant has been served, the plaintiff may submit a motion for summary judgment for divorce. Typically, a court date for the motion for summary judgment will be set several weeks out from the date the motion is filed. The average divorce may take anywhere from three to six months to be finalized.
Am I required to appear in court for a divorce in Mecklenburg County? No. In an uncontested divorce in Mecklenburg County, neither party has to go to court: your divorce lawyer may handle the entire matter for you. This is true even if you live in another county.
What does it cost to get a divorce in Mecklenburg County? In Mecklenburg County, court costs for filing a divorce are $225.00. There is also a $20.00 fee for a notice of hearing and a $10.00 to resume your maiden name. Additionally, you must pay to have the divorce complaint and summons served. Although this typically costs around $10.00 to serve via certified mail, it can be more expensive if service is required by sheriff or by publication.
At Adkins Law, the goal is to make divorce as fast and painless as possible. We charge comparable and reasonable rates and are available for you when you need us. Adkins Law is located in Huntersville NC and primarily serves Mecklenburg County. If you need a divorce lawyer in Huntersville NC, a divorce lawyer in Cornelius NC, or a divorce lawyer in Charlotte NC, please contact Adkins Law.