The woman I spoke with the other day called to see if mediation would be appropriate for her. She had just received a blow. In the course of her delicate discussions with her husband about a trial separation, she learned he was hiding an affair and the costs- both financial and emotional- blindsided her. She realized in that moment that he probably was not considering this a trial separation.
It surprises people to learn that filing for divorce is a relatively easy and inexpensive process in North Carolina. Necessary paperwork can be obtained online or through the Clerk of Court’s office. The $225 filing fee can be waived for those who can’t afford it. But how often do you hear someone say that a divorce was cheap and easy?