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.
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.
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.
Let's face it: These days, it's a huge accomplishment for a married couple to make it to their 50th wedding anniversary. In fact, only about 6 percent of couples make it that far, according to Census data. Typically, one of the most common questions we want to ask couples like these is, "How do you do it?"
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.
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.
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?
When you become a stepparent, you may wish to take on the full responsibilities of a parent to your stepchild by adopting them. In North Carolina, stepparents can adopt non-biological children, but the process varies depending on your situation.
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.
You lose many rights when you’re incarcerated, but you don’t stop being a parent. You will not automatically lose parental rights just for going to jail, but it’s important to know what might happen to your rights if you are in prison.
Typically, your ex can only lower their spousal support payments in North Carolina if they can show that their financial circumstances have significantly changed or that yours have. This article will discuss the top tricks your ex may pull out for the court and how you can expose and counter them in court.
Some of the most hotly contested issues during a divorce or separation include financial obligations. A North Carolina court may order an individual to pay child support to the custodial parent, meaning the parent who has most or all the parenting time, otherwise known as physical custody. Child ...
What is the difference between a separation agreement and a divorce in North Carolina? In this article, we'll discuss the differences between separation and divorce agreements so you can make the best choice for your family.
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.
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.
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.”
When considering how to address differing opinions about child support, alimony, child custody, and property, it can be hard to decide what process is right for you. Two potential resolution options are consent orders and separation agreements. Both are ways of coming to an agreement; however, th...
Getting a divorce with children involved is always complicated, but if you have adopted your spouse’s biological children, you may have added concerns regarding your legal relationship with your adopted stepchildren.
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—...
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.
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.
Divorce is one of the most stressful things you can experience as an adult or child. If you’ve gone through a custody dispute, the situation can be even more emotionally fraught. But now that you’ve won custody of your child, what do you do if they say they want to stay with your ex?
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?