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Military: Preserving Parental Rights

Serving in the military poses significant problems for married couples when a spouse is deployed and they cannot control orders that require frequent relocations. When you are divorced, the problems can expand, especially when your ex-spouse is unsupportive of your...

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Adult Adoptions

Statistics aren't available on how many adult adoptions occur each year because adult adoptions aren't tracked nationally. Adult adoptions are easier and less expensive than adoptions of children. Adult adoptions have been used for some interesting circumstances....

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Child Custody in North Carolina

Child custody cases are the most emotionally charged type of court exposure most people ever experience. Custody battles are usually tied to a divorce or couples who conceived a child but never married although they may also occur in adoption proceedings. Some child...

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Alimony in North Carolina

If one spouse is determined to be a dependent spouse, the other spouse is referred to as the supporting spouse. Alimony will not be paid to a spouse the Court (or a jury) finds participated in illicit sexual behavior during the marriage (before separation) unless both...

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Underage Marriage

Underage Marriage: How Young is Too Young? Individuals who are eighteen or older do not need consent from anyone else to marry in North Carolina. Individuals who are under age 18 may marry if they satisfy the requirements indicated below. Child Marriage or Underage...

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Changing Your Name after Marriage

Changing Your Name After Marriage is a Choice Changing your name is optional. You are allowed to keep your old name, change your name to your spouse's name, or to hyphenate your old and new names. It is your decision whether to change your name or not but it is a good...

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Stepparent Adoption

When a child is adopted, their ties to their prior parents are severed with one exception. Stepparent adoption only severs the relationship with the parent that the stepparent is not married to at the time of the adoption. The requirements for a stepparent adoption...

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Nesting Custody Arrangements

Why Do Some Parents Choose Nesting Custody Arrangements? Packing, unpacking, missing homework left at Dad's or Mom's—frustrated friends who don't know where they are, and, being too far away to participate in fun weekend activities are issues children of divorced...

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Child Support

At one time, child support enforcement was lax. Noncustodial parents, mostly fathers who were disparagingly referred to as "Deadbeat Dads," could cross state lines and escape the enforcement efforts of the state that ordered them to pay to support their children. The...

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Domestic Violence Impacts Children

If you are in immediate danger, call 911. National Abuse Hotline 1-800-799-7233          (TTY) 1-800-787-3224            Llama: 1-800-799- Parents often stay in an abusive relationship because they think keeping the family together is better for the children and they...

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