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New resource launched for pro se divorces

The North Carolina Judicial Branch has published its first statewide “self-help packet” for couples who want a simple divorce.

The new divorce packet is accessible online and provides guidance for people who want a divorce without claims for equitable distribution or custody. 

The North Carolina Equal Justice Commission created the packet and the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts is distributing it. The packet includes information, steps and forms for getting an absolute divorce. It is available online, but paperwork must be submitted in hardcopy to the office of the clerk of the superior court in the county where divorce is to be filed.

“While retaining an attorney is, for most people, the preferred way to accomplish the goal of dissolving a marriage, we know that some people will be unable to afford that access,” said McKinley Wooten, interim director of the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts. 

This divorce packet is intended to supplement the practices and processes that many clerks of superior court already have in place. Clerks of superior court can choose to make copies of this packet available for public distribution, subject to appropriate charges for the cost of copies. 

The packet is available at https://www.nccourts.gov/help-topics/divorce/north-carolina-divorce-packet.


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