So, You’re Adopting Your Teenage Stepchild

Posted by Jonathan Jerkins | Mar 02, 2023 | 0 Comments

If you’re ready to formalize the parental role you play in your stepchild’s life through adoption, you’re taking a big step — one that will offer you and your child many benefits. Here, we’ll provide need-to-know information about adopting an older child with as few road bumps as possible.

Protecting Privacy Surrounding Spousal Support

Posted by Jonathan Jerkins | Feb 16, 2023 | 0 Comments

When you’re living through the aftermath of a separation or divorce, the last thing you need is a breach of your privacy. The entire process of figuring out fair spousal support already felt like putting your life out there for everyone to see! Now, you (or your ex) have divulged private information about your arrangement online, and you’re unsure what to do.

Are “Prenups” Just for the Wealthy?

Posted by Jonathan Jerkins | Dec 09, 2022 | 0 Comments

When planning your wedding, you’re probably not also anticipating a divorce later down the road. It used to be that celebrities, royalty, and the very wealthy were the only ones who used prenups. More and more frequently, however, it’s becoming common to discuss or consider a prenuptial agreement, regardless of one’s wealth or socioeconomic status.

Punishments The Court Can Enact If Your Ex Fails to Pay Alimony to You

Posted by Jonathan Jerkins | Dec 06, 2022 | 0 Comments

One of the reasons that it’s important to include alimony in official divorce documentation is that you have more protection if your ex doesn’t follow through on the payments. If you and your ex have a verbal agreement with no written documentation for alimony, it’s left to their whims. On the other hand, if you don’t receive the ordered alimony payment from your ex, you have legal options that can help you get your money by going through the court system.

Post-Divorce Name Change: Financial Ramifications and a Handy Checklist

Posted by Jonathan Jerkins | Dec 01, 2022 | 0 Comments

When people get married, they often follow the tradition of changing their names. The most common form is for a wife to take her husband’s last name. However, there are other variations, such as both individuals hyphenating their last names into one or changing their last names altogether. On the other side, when a couple is separating and divorcing, there’s often a desire to change names to further separate from the ex.

Finding Gratitude After a Family Crisis

Posted by Jonathan Jerkins | Nov 14, 2022 | 0 Comments

However, it can seem hard to feel grateful for what you have if you’re in the middle of a divorce or separation or facing another serious family crisis like an illness or death. But as we head into the Thanksgiving season, making an effort to find gratitude may help carry us through rough times.

Stepparent Adoption: How to Handle Things If the Biological Parent Gets Angry, Jealous, Or Violent

Posted by Jonathan Jerkins | Nov 07, 2022 | 0 Comments

As an adoptive stepparent, you probably want to form a bond and relationship with your stepchild(ren). You’ve invested time and built trust with the child(ren). So, what do you do when the child(ren)’s biological parent gets jealous of the connection you’ve built with their son or daughter? Or, perhaps more importantly, what do you do when that parent becomes angry or even violent?

Have Child Support and Visitation Logistics Challenges? Here Are Some Apps That Can Help.

Posted by Jonathan Jerkins | Nov 03, 2022 | 0 Comments

Divorce is stressful enough on its own, especially when children are involved. And it doesn’t end when the divorce is finalized, as ongoing issues such as alimony, child support, or visitation must be managed. Keeping track of child support payments and visitation logistics is a challenge all on its own. The good news is that there are multiple apps out there that can help you, both free and paid. Here are three apps that can assist with child support and visitation logistics, as well as one specifically for financials.

Political Differences Destroying Your Marriage: What Can You Do?

Posted by Jonathan Jerkins | Nov 02, 2022 | 0 Comments

When many of us were growing up, we heard that you should never discuss politics, sex, or religion in mixed company. To do so was impolite and an invitation to destroy cordial relationships. Unfortunately, we can’t spend every day in the polite world of denial, and we all hope that we can share our deeply held beliefs with the most important people in our lives, our partners. But as political discourse in our country has become more heated and polarized, more of us are encountering political minefields in our marriages.

First Halloween After a Divorce: What You Need to Know

Posted by Jonathan Jerkins | Oct 26, 2022 | 0 Comments

So many firsts can be challenging after a divorce. From the first major holiday to the first Halloween, not being part of a couple can be hard. Maybe you and your partner always had a “couple” costume, you looked forward to setting up your yard in a spooky theme, or you had a great time walking your kids around the neighbors to trick or treat. But if this is your first October without your ex, you’re undoubtedly worried about whether it will be a difficult day and how you’ll both share your kids.

How do North Carolina Courts Determine Alimony?

Posted by Jonathan Jerkins | Sep 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

While many divorcing couples can easily agree that the spouse who earns more should pay child support, alimony is more hotly contested. The partner who earns more often feels that their spouse isn’t entitled to any of their earnings aside from child support. Determining alimony can be complex, so it’s a good idea to consult a North Carolina family law attorney for advice.

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