Divorce from Bed and Board
In North Carolina, a divorce from bed and board is the equivalent of a judicial separation, and is a fault-based claim. You may be entitled to a divorce from bed and board if your spouse abandoned the family, maliciously turned you out of doors, committed adultery, a cruel and barbarous act or indignities that rendered your condition intolerable.
Only the injured spouse is entitled to bring an action for divorce from bed and board. This action will not enable you to remarry; you must still obtain an absolute divorce.
According to North Carolina General Statute section 50-6, if you’ve been a resident of the state for six months and physically separated from your spouse for one year, then you’re eligible for an absolute divorce. A separation agreement or distribution of property is not required prior to obtaining an absolute divorce.
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