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What is Divorce from Bed and Board?

Two wedding rings resting on a ripped piece of paper that reads "Divorce"

An Alternative That Serves a Unique Purpose

When seeking to end a marriage in North Carolina, one may come across the term “divorce from bed and board” in their search. But what exactly does this term mean? Is it the same as a “traditional” divorce? Continue reading to learn more about this unique option.

Defining This Unique Alternative

Divorce from bed and board is a type of legal separation unique to North Carolina in which the couple remains married but lives separately. The couple may live in different homes or in the same home but maintain separate bedrooms and lead separate lives. This type of divorce is granted on grounds of abandonment, cruelty, or incurable insanity.

A divorce from bed and board is not as final as an absolute divorce, which completely severs the marriage. If the couple reconciles, they can cancel the divorce from bed and board proceedings at any time before a judge grants an absolute divorce.

Why Choose This Alternative?

A divorce from bed and board may be beneficial because it allows the couple to live apart without being formally divorced while maintaining many of the benefits of marriage. This can help them work out their differences without the finality of divorce. It can also allow them to keep their assets and property separate. If they have children, this type of divorce can help them stay involved in each other's lives.

Consult With A Family Law Attorney

If you are considering a divorce from bed and board or have already been served with papers, it is important that you consult with an experienced family law attorney. There are many legal issues to consider in a divorce, such as child custody, property division, and alimony. An experienced attorney can help you navigate the divorce process and protect your rights.

At Blood Law, PLLC, whether you file for a “traditional” divorce or are interested in divorce from bed and board, we can help you determine the best course of action and guide you down the correct path.

Call us today at (704) 286-0570 to schedule your consultation with a member of our team. You can also visit our website to learn more information or to get started.