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Charlotte: Divorces high in this part of the state

Charlotte is one of the major cities in the state, so it might not be a surprise that Mecklenburg County has more divorces than any other area of North Carolina each year. Interestingly, the number of divorces have dropped, making them close to the lowest they've ever been. In 2015, 3,388 people divorced in the county, the lowest number of divorces in the county since 1998.

When did the most divorces take place in the county?

In 2014, divorces reached 4,454, but it was 2005 that topped the list with 4,960 divorces in total. Some possible reasons for those increases include changes in the economy and a growing number of marriages taking place across the state.

How often do divorcees choose to work with an attorney?

According to the news from Feb. 24, North Carolina is a no-fault divorce state, and the county does offer paperwork online to allow individuals to go through divorce without attorneys. However, that's not a good idea, because without representation, one or both parties may find that the divorce drags on or that one or the other does not get what he or she deserves out of the marriage in terms of asset division.

How can you get a divorce in North Carolina?

First, make sure you've both lived in the state for at least six months, and then physically separate. Stay apart for a year and one day, and you'll be able to finalize your divorce. Your attorney can help you make sure you file on time and complete your divorce when it's time.

Source: Charlotte Agenda, "The state of divorce in Charlotte," Andrew Dunn, Feb. 24, 2017

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