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Does a child’s disability affect when child support ends?

If you have a child who has a disability or other special needs, you undoubtedly have additional child-related expenses you must pay. These may include private tutoring, home modifications, medical equipment or other items your child needs to thrive. After your divorce, you may expect…

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Was something a gift that is exempt from equitable distribution?

In dividing marital property, North Carolina courts will apply the legal doctrine of equitable distribution rather than splitting everything that both spouses own right down the middle. The first step in the process is identifying what is marital property. Typically, gifts are not marital property.…

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Steps to take when divorcing as a North Carolina business owner

When you own a business in North Carolina, the fate of your enterprise becomes a primary concern if your marriage ends. Because the state requires equitable division of marital property, your spouse could receive a portion of your business even if you started the company…

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Should you file a claim against your spouse’s lover?

If your spouse has an affair or starts a romantic relationship with someone else before your North Carolina separation is final, you may have grounds for a claim against the third party. While mediation settles many of these cases, some go to court. According to…

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What factors affect North Carolina property division after divorce?

You and your spouse have accumulated significant assets together, including your home. When the marriage ends, you likely have concerns about how to divide marital property so that you have a financial fresh start. Review the factors that affect North Carolina marital property division before negotiating an…

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Reasons to consider a lump sum payment

It is understandable that you have concerns about receiving alimony from your ex-spouse. The sudden deprivation of your spouse’s income might have you worrying about maintaining your home and paying your expenses. In North Carolina, you have multiple options to receive alimony, such as taking it all…

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Does North Carolina allow grandparent visitation?

Grandparents may struggle to maintain a relationship with their grandchildren if the parents divorce. In other cases, one or both parents may prevent a relationship with the grandparents. North Carolina grandparents in a situation like this may have grounds to seek visitation in court. In…

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As a new resident, will a state judge handle my custody case?

North Carolina is a state that attracts new residents for many reasons, as a place to work, to get an education, or to enjoy a comfortable retirement. You may be looking forward to a new life in this state, but if you have divorced and…

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Could a court order my spouse to pay my legal fees for a divorce?

A divorce is often an expensive process. If you are the spouse with less money, you likely feel overwhelmed by the expense associated with moving, maintaining separate homes, finding childcare and the like. Adding the cost of a divorce attorney into the mix may seem impossible. North…

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What makes property division challenging for same-sex couples?

Thanks to the 2015 landmark Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges, the LGBTQ community now enjoys the right to marry. This includes the right to end a marriage as well. Still, even with marriage equality the law of the land, same-sex couples still have unique challenges,…

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Warning signs a spouse may be hiding assets

Infidelity has led to the irrevocable breakdown of many marriages over the years. Spouses should know that infidelity in a marriage can take many forms. It does not always relate to romantic or physical relationships with other people. Financial infidelity threatens the core of a…

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What is parental alienation?

Divorce may bring out the worst in people, especially when trying to vie for children’s affection. For some, it develops into a competition that rises to the level of parental alienation. When one parent psychologically manipulates children into turning on the other, it results in…

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When can you modify your North Carolina child support order?

When you pay or receive child support in North Carolina, a time may come when you have reason to request a change to your existing arrangement. Maybe the needs of your child have changed and the original amount given is no longer enough. Conversely, maybe…

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Can you move away with your kids after your divorce?

While working through your divorce proceedings, it may certainly seem difficult to think about the future. Yet your life will indeed go on upon the formal dissolution of your marriage. Part of that may include the opportunity to move away from North Carolina to pursue…

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Finding Common Ground In Reasons For Divorce

When you are going through a very difficult and life-changing experience, it is important to find advice and guidance from trusted sources. But it can also be highly cathartic to simply hear that you are not alone – that others have been where you are…

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Helping your children adjust to divorce

Divorce is hard on the entire family, but it’s an especially significant disruption to children’s lives. Unfortunately, regardless of their age, gender or culture, all children of divorced parents are at substantially higher risk of mental health and behavioral problems. However, many parents aren’t aware that…

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Should you date before your divorce is finalized?

Divorce has a reputation for being a drawn-out, contentious process. In addition to the time it takes to reach a settlement, North Carolina couples must live separately for 12 months before their divorce becomes final. When you’re ready to move on to the next chapter of your…

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After Pandemic, A Predicted Spike In Divorce Rates

In the minds and hearts of most Americans, 2020 will go down as one of the worst years on record. There are a number of reasons for this, including political divisiveness, racial tension and social unrest. The most life-disrupting issue for many of us, however,…

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A More Peaceful Way To Divorce

For most of the history of divorce, there was only one way to do it: litigation. This is partially why divorce is so often described in terms like “battle” and “fight.” It begins the process on adversarial terms with the idea of a winner and…

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How co-parents can be successful if they work together

There might be emotions you experience after your divorce that aren’t always positive. But when you have children that you co-parent with your ex, you shouldn’t let the negativity that brought your marriage down guide your post-divorce partnership. Bringing positive energy into co-parenting will help your…

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