What are Grounds for Divorce in North Carolina?

In North Carolina, a couple may divorce because of incurable insanity, abandonment, adultery, the malicious force out of one spouse by the other, the cruel and barbarous treatment by one spouse that endangers the life of the other spouse, the treatment of one spouse that makes the life of the other spouse intolerable and burdensome, or the excessive abuse of drugs or alcohol by one spouse in a way that makes the other spouse’s life intolerable and burdensome. (North Carolina General Statutes, Chapter 50 Divorce and Alimony, Sections 5.1 and 7) A divorce may also be granted if the couple has lived separate and apart for one year. (North Carolina General Statutes, Chapter 50 Divorce and Alimony, Section 6)

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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