Living Together: Understanding Cohabitation Laws in North Carolina

Cohabitation, sometimes called “unmarried cohabitation,” while once quite rare, has become very common over the past several decades. Simply put, cohabitation is when two adults are living together continuously while maintaining a relationship that is similar to a marriage in many ways. This is not the same thing as a roommate. For quite some time, cohabitating couples would live together for a while with the Read More

5 Factors Courts Consider When Determining Child Support

When a couple with children splits up or gets divorced, both parties are responsible for supporting those children. Courts generally assume that a custodial parent, the parent with primary physical custody, pays child support by default. The custodial parent does this through spending money to provide a child with adequate day-to-day care. Non-custodial parents are usually required to pay child support through Read More

6 Things to Consider When Developing a Parenting Plan

Coming up with a parenting plan that’s clear and fair to you, your ex, and your child can be a difficult task. You need to outline any possible parenting issues and provide a plan for supporting your child as they grow. Well-written plans are a reference point for managing parenting situations so you can raise your kids more easily without battling with your co-parent over major decisions. They will help you resolve Read More

Understanding the Grounds for Annulment in North Carolina

Is an annulment just a simpler form of divorce? Many people think so, but in reality, annulment in North Carolina is only an option in strict situations. Wondering if your marriage is eligible for annulment? We’ll explain the grounds for annulment and how to file if it’s the right procedure for you. What Is an Annulment? An annulment goes through the civil court and differs from divorce because it declares that Read More

What You Need to Know About Separation in North Carolina

If your marriage is suffering from serious problems, a legal separation may be on your mind. Like most people, you probably have questions about how it will affect your life. Let attorney Regina Taylor guide you through the need-to-know basics of legal separation in North Carolina. Do You Need a Legal Separation from Your Spouse Before You Can Get a Divorce? North Carolina does not require a legal separation in Read More

5 Things You Need to Know About Spousal Support in North Carolina

When you are facing a divorce and one spouse makes significantly more money than the other, you may have questions about alimony. Are you going to have to pay for it? Are they? How much, and for how long? In North Carolina, alimony is paid to a dependent party by a supporting party based on several factors. Learn more about it in our Q&A. Who Is Eligible to Receive Alimony? Alimony is only awarded to the Read More

What Can I Do if My Former Spouse Isn’t Paying Child Support?

As a single, or even remarried, parent, it can be difficult to cover the costs of raising a child on our own without the aid of child support payments. If your ex has been negligent in making court-ordered payments, you have legal options. By following these tips, you can collect the money owed to you and your child: Work with Child Support Services The Child Support Enforcement and Paternity Establishment Read More

Parental Alienation: The 5 Red Flags to Watch Out For

Divorce, when there are children involved, is always going to be a difficult situation to navigate. It is hard enough for parents to handle their own feelings and help their children through the process too. However, there are some parents who take an opposite strategy and actually work to alienate their children against their ex-spouse. This is known as “parental alienation,” as in the parent is actively working to Read More

Later in Life Divorce: 5 Ways Divorce Can Affect Your Adult Children

Couples divorcing over the age of 50, the so-called “Gray Divorce,” has become more commonplace in the last two decades with at least one study estimating that the rate has doubled between 1990 and 2008. Still, for each couple and their adult children, navigating this process can be difficult, confusing, and unknown territory. These adult children will likely be swept up in the process too, and while their immediate Read More

Treat Yourself: 5 Self-Care Tips After a Recent Divorce

Just about any time immediately after a divorce can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be. You can make it through this couple-centric month and emerge happier and more fulfilled on the other side. How? Just practice these 5 self-care tips: 1) Put on your own oxygen mask first. There’s a reason why the safety instructions before your flight always instruct you to put on your own oxygen mask first before helping Read More