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Know how long alimony payments will last

When people divorce, one spouse may need to pay alimony. People may wonder how long they will need to make these payments. According to FindLaw, courts award alimony so that people can maintain the standard of living they had during the marriage. Ex-spouses may not always be…

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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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How a guardian ad litem can help an abused child

Sometimes a child does not receive proper care at home from parents or caregivers. If a child is suffering from abuse or neglect and is not of legal age, the child may have no one to turn to for help. This is where the government…

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What is alienation of affection?

If your marriage ended because your spouse deserted you, then you may have a unique opportunity to claim punitive damages from him or her. According to FindLaw, alienation of affection is something that might give you grounds to sue your spouse for damages after your marriage ends.…

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Obstacles to adopting or fostering a child for same-sex couples

There are many ways to start and grow a family, and the 2015 Supreme Court decision affirming marriage equality opened up a lot of avenues for same-sex couples that discriminatory laws had closed to them before. However, if you and your same-sex partner would like…

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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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The impact of juvenile justice programs on preventing crime

Juveniles caught committing crimes in North Carolina often have experienced difficult challenges that impact their ability to respond to stress, temptation and peer pressure. Often, these same at-risk youth lack access to resources designed to prevent criminal activity through education and support. The implementation of…

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What issues with parental rights do same-sex families face?

When the U.S. Supreme Court made its ruling that legalized same-sex marriage, many states did not have laws in place to account for the changes that family law matters would see due to the ruling. The most challenging area thus far has been when it…

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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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Juvenile-linked matters fundamentally important in family law

Family law does not operate in a vacuum. Put another way, family law is a realm perhaps unmatched in any other sphere for its routine involvement with broad-based matters from multiple legal areas. Take divorce, for example, where issues relevant to finances, taxes and many…

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Celebrity Prenuptial Agreement Contains Odd Provision

Prenuptial agreements have grown in popularity in recent years. This is, in part, because Americans are waiting longer to enter into first marriages, which usually means that each spouse has acquired some personal assets that they want to protect if divorce ever becomes necessary. These…

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4 Reasons to consider equally shared parenting time

Divorce is hard on families – especially kids. But while helping your children adjust to life after divorce isn’t without its challenges, the good news is that over 50 scientific studies on joint physical custody confirm that children who maintain healthy relationships with both of their parents…

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Second Chance Act helps those with juvenile records

In June 2020, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed the Second Chance Act into law. This act, which received bipartisan support, makes significant changes to North Carolina’s expungement laws. This new law makes more criminal records eligible for expungement. Before, even people who have served…

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