How Long Will I Have To Wait?
After service of the summons and complaint, it may take 10 to 14 weeks to obtain a hearing on child support and temporary custody. Child custody and visitations must be mediated by a court-appointed mediator before they can be scheduled for trial. This can take four to six weeks unless expedited or exempted by the court. Post-separation support can usually be heard within six to 10 weeks after the complaint is filed.
In the divorce action, if no answer is filed, the matter is ready for hearing approximately 45 days after service of the summons and complaint on the spouse. Remember that you cannot file for absolute divorce until you have been separated for one year or more. In a property division case, the equitable distribution action can be tried before or after the granting of a divorce and the permanent alimony hearing usually takes place after the equitable distribution issues are decided. It is also important to note that it is not necessary for your spouse to be a resident of North Carolina or the United States in order to be divorced.
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Making intelligent decisions regarding your divorce starts with gathering the appropriate information. To speak with us at Scott Law Group, call our Kernersville, North Carolina, law office at 336-310-8569 or 800-566-2907, or take a moment to complete our email contact form.