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In North Carolina, the defendant has 30 days to prepare and file an Answer and possible counterclaims. So if you were served with a summons and complaint for absolute divorce, you must file your responsive pleading within 30 days. In your Answer and Counterclaim you may raise the issues concerning the division of assets, such as the house and car. The process for an absolute divorce usually takes about 45 days, but more if you have other issues to address, such as the division of assets. Here is a link to a Pro Se Absolute Divorce Packet. Although this is for Durham, it may be a little different depending what court you are in. You can call the clerk's office to see if they have a similar packet, or just use this one as a guide. The clerk's office may also have the forms that you need to file a responsive pleading. You can give them a call. I hope this helps.
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