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This section includes a link to download a packet of information on how to file for divorce in North Carolina without a lawyer.

It also includes information about alimony and property distribution.

  • Free Simple Divorce Clinic

    Legal Aid of North Carolina's free simple divorce clinic teaches participants how to file a simple divorce action in court without hiring an attorney. We provide a packet with legal documents and an instructional video. At the end of the video, participants can ask general questions to a volunteer attorney through the webinar. Specific legal advice is not provided at these clinics. **PLEASE NOTE: Filing for divorce affects your rights to property division, spousal support, and alimony. You could lose important rights by filing for divorce. If you wish to pursue property division, spousal support, or alimony, you should consult with a private attorney to discuss your legal rights before filing. You are always welcome to attend the clinic for general information, but the clinic does NOT specifically address these issues. Clinics are located in many NC counties. If you do not see a clinic in your city or county, please check the surrounding counties in your area. Read More

    Legal Aid of North Carolina
  • Divorce Packet (Self-Help)

    Instructions and court forms for requesting a divorce, for NC residents who do NOT have an attorney. Use these forms ONLY if you or your spouse have lived in NC for at least 6 months, have been separated for more than 1 year, you do not want alimony or spousal support, and you do not want a property division. Read More

    Legal Aid of North Carolina - Central Intake
  • Marriage, Divorce, and Name Changes

    On this webpage, the Social Security Administration explains how to change or correct your name on your Social Security number card after marriage or divorce. There is also a link to a PDF document discussing name changes in North Carolina. Read More

    Social Security Administration
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