In NC, an absolute divorce is filed in the district court where one of the parties lives. The absolute divorce forms listed here are example forms that can be used to file for divorce. In order to file for divorce, at least one party to the divorce must have lived in NC for at least six months prior to the filing of the divorce and the parties must have been separated (living separate and apart) for at least one year prior to the filing. An absolute divorce judgment bars claims for alimony and equitable distribution unless those claims were raised prior the granting of the judgment. It is important to talk to an attorney prior to filing a claim for divorce.