FAMILY LAW BLOG

College and Estate Planning

Why You Should Include College in Your Estate Planning You may have been running around for weeks, getting your new college student off to school. It's exhilarating, and your heart likely is bursting at the seams. You're probably prouder than words can express, but...

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3 Asset Protection Tips You Can Use Now

A common misconception is that only wealthy families and people in high risk professions need to have an asset protection plan. But in reality, anyone can be sued. A car accident, foreclosure, unpaid medical bills, or an injured tenant can result in a monetary...

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Parental Kidnapping

Parental Kidnapping

Parental kidnapping is a terrifying thought when you are in the middle of a custody battle or thinking about separating. Family abductions are the second largest number of child abductions. According to NISMART-2, an estimated 800,000 children younger than 18 are...

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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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