This information packet is designed to assist individuals who are not represented by an attorney ("Pro Se") to file a complaint for an absolute divorce and to represent themselves in a hearing before a Judge for an absolute divorce. Recognizing that the legal system can be very complicated and confusing, this Pro Se Absolute Divorce Packet
(hereinafter "pro se packet") is provided to assist pro se individuals by providing information and sample forms to be used to obtain an absolute divorce.
As a pro se litigant
, you are responsible to make certain that the information and instructions in this Pro Se Absolute Divorce packet are appropriate for your situation. Therefore, you should review and research applicable laws, rules and civil procedure, and cases that apply to your type of situation. If you are not able to do this, you should talk to an attorney.
NOTE: The Cumberland County Family Court Staff, Clerk of Court, or anyone else contributing to the production or dissemination of these forms, instructions, or guidelines WILL NOT BE LIABLE for any indirect or consequential damages resulting from your use of the forms or information provided in this Pro Se Absolute Divorce Packet.
PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS AND FORMS COMPLETELY AND CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING. YOUR CASE MAY INVOLVE COMPLICATED LEGAL ISSUES, WHICH MAY NOT BE COVERED IN THIS PACKET. BE AWARE THAT OBTAINING AN ABSOLUTE DIVORCE MAY LIMIT YOUR RIGHTS TO OTHER LEGAL REMEDIES INCLUDING ALIMONY AND DIVISION OF MARITAL PROPERTY SUCH AS MILITARY PENSIONS. IF AT ANY TIME YOU ARE CONFUSED OR UNSURE OF ANY LEGAL ISSUE THAT MAY AFFECT YOU, STOP AND SEEK THE ADVICE OF AN ATTORNEY.
If you wish to represent yourself, you will need the packet instructions, as well as the other general absolute divorce information, and forms listed below. READ THE INSTRUCTIONS
before you complete the forms.
- Pro Se Absolute Divorce Packet Instructions
- Pro Se Absolute Divorce Checklist
- N.C. General Statutes -- Absolute Divorce
- Family Court Services Directory
- Glossary of Legal Terms
- Absolute Divorce Forms (Print the following forms)