Different Child Support Amounts? It’s Possible!

Posted by Jonathan Jerkins | Sep 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

If you’re going through a divorce and have multiple children, it’s important to understand that in North Carolina, the child support calculations and what the court orders for the children could potentially be different. Both parents in North Carolina are required to contribute to child support.

Two Keys to Making Marriage or Divorce Work

Posted by Jonathan Jerkins | Sep 17, 2022 | 0 Comments

No one gets married expecting the relationship to end. And if it does, it can be devastating. But an amicable relationship can make the entire process easier for you and your family. How do you get to that point? In this post, we’ll talk about two key tips you can use to make your marriage, or your divorce, work for both of you.

Do You Suspect Your Spouse is Hiding Money? What Can You Do?

Posted by Jonathan Jerkins | Sep 13, 2022 | 0 Comments

Under North Carolina law, all parties to a divorce must disclose all assets and debts. But what should you do if you suspect your spouse is hiding money or assets to avoid paying spousal or child support? Before you confront your ex, there are some steps you can take to make sure you protect yourself and have all the facts.

Reaching Out to Your Child's School for Support After a Divorce

Posted by Jonathan Jerkins | Aug 30, 2022 | 0 Comments

Divorce is a difficult experience for any family, but it can be especially tough on children. When parents go through a divorce, the school can be a valuable resource in helping children adjust to the change, as well as providing parents with additional resources and support to help their kids. However, to put it simply, the school needs you to "help them help you." They can't provide additional support for your family without knowing first that you need it. Here are some tips on how to reach out to your child's school for support after a divorce.

Handling Kids in Multiple Schools after a Divorce

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

Divorce can be an incredibly trying time for any family. But when you have multiple children attending different schools, things can quickly become overwhelming. It was easier when you and your ex could share the responsibility, but the simple act of getting the kids to school can now become a logistical nightmare. If you're facing this situation, here are a few tips that might help make things a bit easier.

Back to School After a Divorce: How to Help Your Kids Cope

Posted by Jonathan Jerkins | Aug 24, 2022 | 0 Comments

If you've finalized a divorce over the summer, to say the last few months have been a challenge (for both you and your children) would be an understatement. Now, your kids are going back to school for the first time since the divorce. They're probably still adjusting to the change, they're going to face questions from their friends, and they're still expected to keep their grades up amid all the stress. What can you do to help your kids through this difficult time?

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

Posted by Jonathan Jerkins | Aug 10, 2022 | 0 Comments

When you’re planning to get married or are a newlywed, one of the last things you want to think about is how you and your new spouse will divide assets if you separate. If you have properties or assets that you’d like to protect, such as a business or a large piece of land, signing a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement could be an essential step. It’s important to know the difference between a prenuptial and postnuptial agreement and when you should put either into place.

When Your Child Tries to Terminate Your Parental Rights

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

Relationships with your teenage children can be hard. Teens are moving toward independence, and as part of that growth, they often reject the advice and support of their parents. But in some extreme cases of discord with your teen, they may even try to terminate your parental rights. In North Carolina, a child’s petition to end parental rights is called emancipation. 

What Can You Do to Prevent Your Ex from Terminating Your Parental Rights?

Posted by Jonathan Jerkins | Jun 22, 2022 | 0 Comments

It’s one of the worst things that can happen to a parent. You go through a divorce, and then your ex tries to end your parental rights. If they are successful, it means you will have no say in how your children are raised, and depending on the circumstances, you may even be forbidden to see them or have a relationship with them. What can you do to prevent this from happening? Here’s what you need to know.

How Long Does Alimony Typically Last in North Carolina?

Posted by Jonathan Jerkins | Jun 08, 2022 | 0 Comments

If you’re contemplating divorce, you may already know how stressful and emotional the process can be. Finances are one area where it’s sometimes possible to mitigate the impact. Alimony is one way to accomplish this. In North Carolina, “dependent spouses” (those financially dependent on a spouse) are entitled to receive alimony from the “supporting spouse.”

Do You Need to Establish Paternity for Child Support?

Posted by Jonathan Jerkins | May 18, 2022 | 0 Comments

The simple answer is yes; the paternity of a child must be established to request child support. Beyond child support, establishing a legal father for the child also provides other potential benefits for the child, including entitlement to Social Security, death, insurance, and military benefits—...

How Alimony Is Calculated in North Carolina

Posted by Jonathan Jerkins | May 11, 2022 | 0 Comments

If you're going through a divorce in North Carolina and you were a "dependent spouse" (meaning your wife or husband was the primary breadwinner in the marriage), you may be wondering what to expect concerning alimony payments. This can be a particular point of stress for both spouses because there's really no way to know for sure how much alimony will be awarded until the judge makes a determination.

Can You Change Your Child’s Last Name After a Divorce?

Posted by Jonathan Jerkins | May 04, 2022 | 0 Comments

After a divorce, you may want to change your child’s last name for many reasons, including wanting to share your child’s last name. No matter the reason, the decision to change a child’s surname should not be taken lightly, as a name can be intricately tied to one’s identity. That said, if you want to move forward, North Carolina law paves the way.

What to Do When Your Co-Parent is Uncooperative About Custody & Visitation?

Posted by Jonathan Jerkins | Apr 22, 2022 | 0 Comments

Maybe your ex is constantly rigid about your arrangement, refusing flexibility even when scheduling conflicts arise. Or maybe they’re constantly trying to rearrange visitation at the last minute, throwing your life into chaos. So, what can you do if your ex is being uncooperative and difficult about custody and visitation but not actually violating their legal obligations?

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