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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?

Who Gets the Dog? How North Carolina Family Courts Decide Pet Custody

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

Aside from child custody issues, perhaps one of the most emotionally charged questions in North Carolina divorce cases is "who gets the dog?" Or, more generally, which spouse gets to keep the family pet? The reason is that we typically see our pets as part of the family, and we bond with them just as if they were our children. Unfortunately, the court doesn't see our pets the same way as we do. Let's talk about how North Carolina family courts determine pet custody.

Getting Cold Feet About Your Divorce?

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

Divorce is one of the most difficult decisions anyone can make. It can be a confusing, emotional time for those going through it. what do you do when you have these doubts? Is it just “cold feet,” or is it a sign that you need to step back and reconsider?

Does a Cheating Spouse Mean I Win the Divorce?

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

Divorce cases can already be contentious. When a spouse has also cheated on you, the case can become even more controversial. But under North Carolina law, most spouses with children must be separated for at least one year and one day before the court will finalize a divorce. There is no legal exception for adultery. Unfortunately, you can’t just file for divorce, claim adultery, and have the court grant your divorce immediately. However, your partner’s adultery can affect the outcome of spousal support, property division, and child custody decisions.

Social Media Mistakes To Avoid During A Divorce

Posted by Jonathan Jerkins | Mar 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

For better or worse, social media offers a platform for users to share lives with the world, and more than 70% of U.S. adults take full advantage of this platform. Unfortunately, everyday posts take on new meaning when ex-spouses fight over property, custody, and alimony. So to help navigate the social media terrain during divorce, here are some mistakes to avoid.

Common Mistakes People Make in DYI Divorces

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

In a perfect world, married couples who decide to divorce could do so amicably and relatively easily. Unfortunately, the reality is often very different. While a DYI divorce may save you money on legal fees, you may be opening yourself up to other issues that could bring you headaches — and additional costs — for years to come.

Emotional Abuse and Divorce: How Do You Prove it and What Will It Mean?

Posted by Jonathan Jerkins | Mar 16, 2022 | 0 Comments

Divorcing after you’ve been in an abusive relationship is never easy. But while many people bear the marks of abuse on their bodies, the signs of abuse are never as clear if you’re facing emotional abuse. So, how do you approach a divorce after emotional abuse? How do you prove it to the court, and how will it ultimately affect your divorce? This article answers some of the top questions we hear from our clients. 

Appealing a Child Custody Case in North Carolina

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

It’s the scenario every parent in a child custody battle dreads: having the court rule against you in your custody case. The idea of losing custody of your child—or worse, losing the ability even to see them—can be nothing short of heart-wrenching. Even more so if you know the parent awarded custody is unsafe for the child. The good news is that if you are not satisfied with the outcome of your child custody case, you may be able to file an appeal. In North Carolina, there are specific criteria that the appellate court uses to review the case, and an appeal may not be the best option for everyone. Let’s talk a bit more about the process so you can be better informed.

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