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North Carolina’s divorce waiting period: what to expect

One benefit of North Carolina’s no-fault divorce law is that you no longer have to put your personal life into the public record. In the old days, you had no choice but to provide evidence that your spouse has been neglectful or malicious, or is…

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Dividing a medical practice in a divorce: what you should know

Perhaps the only thing more stressful than practicing medicine is practicing medicine while going through a divorce. If you have your own medical practice and your spouse are splitting up, one of the most important factors to tackle is what will happen to the practice.…

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Not getting married? Consider other legal protection

For many couples, marriage has two meanings: a sentimental or religious purpose and a legal purpose. While the personal side takes a different form for everyone, the legal side is rigid. North Carolina law provides specific benefits and protections to married couples that are not…

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Unemployment and spousal support obligations

For those who lose their job, life often becomes hard in a lot of ways. Paying bills, buying food and dealing with uncertainty about one’s future is often a major hurdle. Some people are able to find another position relatively briefly, but the job market…

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Your home, your mortgage and your divorce

If you and your spouse own a home together and now are facing a divorce, you will need to understand how to deal with your home. The decision about keeping or selling a home may be made based on multiple factors, including if you own…

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Changes to law may affect federal tax treatment of alimony

As North Carolina couples navigate issues of divorce and spousal support, they may not be aware of how tax planning considerations need to enter the discussion. Forbes explains how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act modifies the federal income tax treatment of alimony or spousal support arrangements…

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What is an essential element of effective co-parenting?

After a divorce, learning how to parent children with your ex-spouse may hinge on how well you communicate. Since you no longer live together, it becomes even more critical that you make every attempt to clearly and effectively discuss the lives of your children. What…

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How do North Carolina courts handle same-sex divorce?

If you live in North Carolina and your same-sex marriage is ending, you may wonder whether the state’s courts handle the dissolution of gay marriages differently than heterosexual unions. North Carolina recognizes both same-sex marriage and couples’ rights to divorce; however, there are a few…

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The signs and symptoms of parental alienation syndrome

According to Psychology Today, parental alienation syndrome — the term for which psychiatrist Dr. Richard A. Gardner first coined in 1980 — occurs when one parent attempts to turn the couple’s child against the target parent. The alienating parent may use tactics that include but are not…

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What court hears child abuse cases?

Child abuse is a very serious matter. When Child Protective Services begins investigating a case, workers always focus on the child and his or her needs. If you are under investigation due to a child abuse claim, it can be very disheartening, especially if you…

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What happens when a step-parent wants custody?

Losing a spouse is one of the most challenging things a person may have to go through. In some instances, the loss may come at an even higher price. In the case of second marriages with children, a step-parent may take a healthy and active…

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What is effective co-parenting?

In previous times, it was held that in the event of a divorce young children were better off in the primary care of their mother.This is no longer the case in the modern court. In fact, the general modern consensus is that children are better…

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How should you talk to your children about divorce?

When a couple in North Carolina decides that it is time to end a marriage, the situation becomes tricky if they have children, no matter how old they are. Kids react differently to this news depending on their age, but most fear the lack of…

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What should you consider legally before adopting?

Every state has different adoption laws, and North Carolina is no exception. Adding a child to a family is a big decision and it is important that you go into the process knowing what to expect. Whether you are the traditional family, a same-sex couple…

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What are the settlements that you can get from a divorce when residing in North Carolina?

When living in North Carolina, you do not need a separation agreement or any other written supportive documents as proof. Instead, you are separated when your spouse lives in a different home and intends to do so permanently. Similarly, when you live in the same…

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What is marital misconduct?

Divorce in North Carolina is a difficult process emotionally, but most of the court battles center around the financials of it. Many people are very concerned about the amount of alimony they may be required to pay the spouse if they are the supporting party,…

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ABA opposes state-sponsored discrimination against LGBT parents

In the United States, 21.4% of same-sex couples raise adopted children, compared to only 3% of opposite-sex couples. Same-sex couples also care for foster children more often than their opposite-sex counterparts. Preventing same-sex couples from adopting or fostering children could have a potentially devastating effect on the…

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What considerations should you make about surrogacy?

Same-sex families come together in many ways in North Carolina. One option available to you when you want to grow your family is surrogacy. To ensure that the agreement goes through without any issues, you need to treat this as a legal situation. This means…

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What happens to your custody plan when you deploy?

As a military servicemember in North Carolina, your mind turns to preparing for the mission ahead when you learn of a pending deployment. As a divorced parent, your mind also likely darts to concerns about who will care for your child while you are away,…

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Enjoy a stress-free holiday post-divorce with these tips

The holidays are quickly approaching, and many North Carolina families are trying to make the most of their time with their children. When you split time with your ex-spouse, the stress and hurt feelings can sap your energy and emotions when you do see your…

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