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Domestic Violence Abuse Quiz

Domestic Violence Abuse Quiz

117 questions to help you know if your partner is abusive and assess your risk Recognize Abusive Behavior Recognizing abusive behavior can be difficult, especially if healthy relationships weren't modeled in your childhood home. You may believe that love hurts—it...

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Can I Date Now?

Can I Date Now?

Dating While Separated. Is It Ok? What is separation for purposes of divorce in North Carolina?  Legal separation in NC is living separate and apart with the intent to divorce. How long does it take to get a divorce in NC?  It takes one year from the date you separate...

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Representing Men in Divorce

Representing Men in Divorce

Representing men in divorce is tough work. There are still stereotypes about men in divorce. In any divorce case, traditionally the sympathies are with the woman and often men and fathers do not receive a fair/ level playing field. Such ‘anti-men’ thinking in courts...

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5 Tax Implications and Divorce

5 Tax Implications and Divorce

It's that time of year again. The holidays are gone. The tree is down. W-2's will be in the mail and on their way before you know it. Each year tax season brings with it new law, new questions, and new decisions. Adding a divorce or separation in the mix makes things...

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Can I Change My Child’s School?

Can I Change My Child’s School?

Changing your child's school requires you to have legal custody or the authority to do so from the court order or agreement. There are two types of custody that are often used interchangeably but mean very different things. Legal Custody:  Legal custody is the type of...

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NC Collaborative Divorce

NC Collaborative Divorce

A Collaborative Divorce Proceeding is an alternative to a judicial disposition of a case. It may be used to settle every aspect of a divorce when the parties involved submit a written agreement except for the actual divorce of absolute divorce. Collaborative Divorce...

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DSS, Custody & Your Children

DSS, Custody & Your Children

How does the process start for DSS to take custody of your child?  Pursuant to NC G.S. 7B-301, any adult that suspects a child is being abused or neglected must report the suspected abuse or neglect to the local department of social services, which is called DSS. The...

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Equitable Distribution

Equitable Distribution

NC Equitable Distribution is the process that is used in NC to determine who gets which assets following a divorce. NC Equitable Distribution determinations can be made by mutual agreement of the parties, via arbitration or a Collaborative Law Procedure, or by a court...

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North Carolina Family Law Arbitration

North Carolina Family Law Arbitration

The North Carolina Family Law Arbitration Act provides the ability to use arbitration instead of court hearings to resolve disputes relating to alimony, child custody, and child support. Aristotle is reputed to have said: "Equity is justice in that it goes beyond the...

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IVF – Conception After Death

IVF – Conception After Death

Twenty-five year ago we would not have been discussing IVF conception after death. It was safe to assume that a child born more than ten months after your death was not your child. In estate planning laws, a child born after the parents' death is referred to as an...

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