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Thanks for your question and good evening.Do you still claim another state here as your legal residence?
Then there is no way around the state law here.
To file for a divorce, either spouse must have been a resident of the State of North Carolina for at least six months next preceding the filing of the complaint. The divorce proceedings will be in the county where either party resides. [Based on North Carolina General Statutes, Chapter 50, Sections 50-3 and 50-8]
LEGAL GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE:
North Carolina allows the following grounds for divorce:
[Based on North Carolina General Statutes, Chapter 50, Sections 50-5.1, 50-6, and 50-7]
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