Prior to petitioning for an Asheboro Absolute divorce, a couple must be separated for at least 1 year. There are two types of separation, “voluntary” and “divorce from bed and board”. The Asheboro courts record the start date of the separation from the first day you and your spouse started living apart with the intent to be divorced. Living apart means separate residences; you cannot live in the same home and be considered separated. The Asheboro courts do not require a document or separation agreement for a separation to be legal, but a legal separation agreement can be helpful when you petition the court for divorce.
The majority of Asheboro separations are voluntary in nature, but it is important to be aware of the “divorce from bed and board” separation. The Asheboro courts can force a separation, although it is rarely done. It is important to know how this forced separation could be granted. Typically this decree is only used when one party refuses to enter into a separation agreement.