2014

Blog Posts in 2014

  • How Does Child Support Work in North Carolina?

    Both parents are responsible for providing child support in North Carolina . However, only the non-custodial parent must make support payments if this parent has less than 123 overnights per year with the child. In such cases, the custodial parent (the parent having more than 242 overnights with the child) is already assumed to be spending the required amount on the minor child directly. Payments ...
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  • Understanding Post-Separation Support

    It costs more to run two households than it does to run one. It stands to reason that a dependent spouse may have problems making ends meet while going through the process of divorce . “Post-separation support” (temporary alimony) is a form of spousal support meant to bridge the gap between the time when one first separates from his or her spouse and obtaining long-term spousal support, called ...
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  • How Do I Change My Name After A Divorce?

    While changing your name after a divorce might seem like the last of your concerns, you may choose to do so, as it can help bring closure. If you’ve asked yourself: “ How do I change my name after my divorce? ” there is no need to worry. It may seem complicated, but actually the process is fairly straightforward. You may petition to change your name at the time of divorce in conjunction with the ...
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  • How Do I File For a Divorce in North Carolina?

    Let’s assume for a moment that you’ve met the minimum requirements for filing for divorce in North Carolina. You’ve been a resident of the state for 6 months and have lived apart from your spouse for at least one full year prior to the day that you file for divorce. At this point, you may be asking yourself… What do I do now? The process of divorce can be trying, even under the best of ...
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  • Can I Date While Separated?

    Others may have encouraged you to do so, advising you that making social acquaintances outside of your married circle of friends will be therapeutic. It’s important for your self-esteem, you tell yourself. And besides, you and your spouse have verbally agreed to date other people. Not so fast. The answer to the question, “Can I date while separated?” is more complex than one may think. Dating ...
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  • The Divorce Process: Avoiding 5 Common Mistakes

    Significant life decisions such as divorce should not be made without careful consideration and planning. If unprepared, the divorce process can be more stressful and unpleasant than necessary. It may be wise to consult with legal and financial professionals before sharing your intentions with your spouse. Here are five common mistakes people make when considering divorce and how you can avoid ...
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  • Do I Need A Prenuptial Agreement?

    You may have asked this question and decided against it, noting that you’re neither rich nor famous. Prenuptial agreements (or “prenups” as they are commonly called) can protect any assets you bring to a marriage or protect you from your spouse’s debts in the event of marital dissolution. In short, a prenuptial agreement can be a prudent and completely reasonable step to take for anyone bringing ...
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  • Hidden Tax on Divorcing Couples

    Everyone talks about reducing taxes. Congress, the legislature, elected officials, and the man on the street all talk about reducing taxes and government spending. The problem for divorcing couples is that each year the local courts that are supported by state taxes receive proportionately fewer dollars to handle more cases filed by a growing state population. The end result is that there are not ...
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  • Settle, Settle, Settle: Why Letting the Judge Decide Should Be A Last Resort

    There is only one real alternative to settling your divorce case: judicial intervention and decision. In other words, if you and your spouse cannot reach a settlement, a stranger will define the most significant financial transaction of your life… View the whole article… Settle, Settle, Settle Article originally published in Family Advocate, Vol. 34, No. 1, (Summer 2011) p. 38-39.
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  • How To Share Parenting | A How To For Joint Custody

    There is only one real alternative to settling your divorce case: judicial intervention and decision. In other words, if you and your spouse cannot reach a settlement, a stranger will define the most significant financial transaction of your life…. View the whole article… How-to-Share-Parenting Article originally published in Family Advocate, Vol. 33, No. 1, (Summer 2010) p. 4-8.
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