In North Carolina, there is no such thing as a 'legal' separation and there is no 'filing' requirement.  You merely have to be separated not living together in the same residence with the intention of at least one of the parties not to resume the marital relationship.  After one year of separation a divorce action can be filed.
Rate This Answer:
Not Yet Rated
The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although AttorneyPages.com has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you go to AttorneyPages.com
and retain an attorney to represent you.