In North Carolina, one may apply for divorce after one has been separated from their spouse for at least one year and a day. Separation occurs when both parties are living separate and apart and one party has the intention of remaining separated.
Simple divorce includes the filing of divorce paperwork in relation to the dissolution of marriage only. Any property issues will be handled in an equitable distribution case.
When filing for civil divorce, one can request that the maiden name can be resumed as well as having a separation agreement merged into the divorce decree.