Child support is one of the thorniest issues between couples. Whether you pay it or receive it, the odds are good that you aren't happy with the amount.
Financial experts have an important piece of advice for unmarried couples who are just embarking down the road of life together: Keep your finances separate.
Does your marriage come with an expiration date? Couples usually don't start a marriage expecting it to fall apart, but divorce attorneys say that there are some early predictors that spell doom for a marriage.
In this day of no-fault divorce, the courts no longer need an "acceptable" reason, like bigamy, cruelty or habitual drinking, to let a divorce go through. It's enough to say that you simply don't want to remain married any longer. However, due process still requires that the other spouse be served adequate notice of the divorce and opportunity to respond -- even protest.
In North Carolina, like the rest of the nation, you can get a no-fault divorce fairly easily.
If there is one thing that commonly goes overlooked when divorcing, it is an existing estate plan. After all, divorce is a major upheaval in the lives of all involved and most people have trouble dividing their focus. Worrying about estate planning documents is often the last thing on the minds of divorcing parties. However, it is critical to address these matters as soon as possible once a divorce is finalized.
Nearly everyone in today's world uses social media in some form. We have all become accustomed to sharing certain aspects of our lives on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and a slew of other outlets. In truth, we have grown so comfortable with social media use that we may not recognize its negative effect on divorce and other family law issues.
Some amount of conflict is an unfortunate fact of life in nearly all marriages. As family law attorneys, we know that prenuptial agreements can reduce some of this conflict, especially financial conflict. However, many couples in the throes of love feel that they will never need a prenuptial agreement. Unfortunately, after a few years together, the process of living life and experiencing hardships can wear the shine off the marital apple.
Getting a divorce when you have children is always a difficult and emotional experience. When your children are adopted, divorce can create even more emotional baggage. Feelings of guilt and anxiety tend to worsen for divorcing parents who have adopted children. While it is admirable to care enough for your kids that you worry over even the tiniest detail, it can backfire on you and on your family.
It is no secret that many children across the nation are at-risk for a number of life-altering situations. The children of North Carolina are no exception. While a number of factors can contribute to the hardships children in our state suffer, it is safe to assume that broken and dysfunctional family units are a top cause.