Do I have to hire an attorney to get a divorce?
You can purchase a Do-it-yourself Absolute Divorce kit from the North Carolina Clerk of Court for your divorce. The Clerks cannot help you fill it in or guide you. Although the process is not complicated, if you haven’t done it before, it can be confusing. If you miss a step, file something incorrectly, or forget to include important information, your divorce can be denied. Another concern is that by filing for divorce, you will be giving up certain rights. If you don’t have all of your issues straightened out, you could be barred forever from asking the Court to help you with those issues. A divorce attorney will ensure that all the steps are done correctly the first time, that all of your rights have been protected, and that your property division, spousal support and/or alimony, or child custody and child support issues are properly handled.