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Stepparent Adoptions vs. Second Parent Adoptions

Are you looking to become the legal parent of your partner's child? North Carolina law has provisions for many different types of couples who want to adopt a child, whether or not they're genetically related to the child. However, unlike many other states, North Carolina does not allow couples to adopt children if they are not married. For that reason, step parent adoptions are possible in North Carolina while second Read More

3 Legal Issues that Arise with ART

Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) is a medical technology that makes it possible for individuals and couples to fulfill their dream of becoming parents. Conception (usually with physician assistance) is achieved using gametes (eggs and sperm) either from a donor or from the intended parent(s). The three most common forms of ART are: In vitro fertilization: the extraction of sperm and ova from a man and a Read More

How Are Debts Handled in a Divorce?

Ending a marriage is a decision that comes with serious financial consequences. For many couples, one of the most significant areas of stress is the division of assets and debts. Knowing how North Carolina divides debt during divorce can help you plan ahead, budget, and get ready for the next stage of your life. North Carolina as an Equitable Distribution State North Carolina, like many other states, is an Read More

Blending the Family: Four Tips for a Smooth Transition

Are you divorced with kids? Have you found a new partner who has children of their own? Have you made the decision to blend your two families into one? Making the move to blend your families is an exciting yet nerve wracking time. There are probably a thousand questions swarming in your head. What if our parenting styles clash? What if our kids don’t get along? What if my child doesn’t adjust well to having a new Read More

4 Tips for Handling Arguments with an Angry Spouse

When you’re arguing with your spouse, things can become heated. This is especially true when you’re in the process of getting a divorce. Once you’ve accepted that your relationship will not work out, and saving the marriage is no longer an option, it becomes easier for resentments to grow. Even small arguments can seem to blow up out of proportion because of all the pent up emotions.  1. Don’t match their Read More

Alienation of Affection Explained

Have you been cheated on? If you are a married or formerly married person in North Carolina, you have a type of lawsuit at your disposal that people in most other states do not have: Alienation of Affection. These lawsuits are sometimes referred to as “homewrecker” or “heartbalm” lawsuits. So, what exactly is alienation of affection? Alienation of affection is when a third party takes actions that deprive a Read More

A Brief Guide to Changing Your Name After a Divorce

After a divorce, many women want to be rid of their ex-husband’s last name. Our names are closely associated with our identities. Going back to your maiden name can feel transformative and empowering. Many women see it as a symbol of beginning the next chapter of their lives. Divorce is full of emotional difficulties and stresses and, for many, a name change symbolizes moving past that and into the future. There Read More

Understanding Your Custody Options in North Carolina

Each family is different, and therefore, there are many types of child custody which can be used to describe the legal rights of caregivers depending on their particular situation. In some circumstances, more than one type of care can be put in place if it serves the best interests of the child and family. In this blog, we provide an overview of the four different types of custody recognized in North Carolina so you Read More

5 Reasons to Establish Paternity

Establishing paternity can have benefits for both parents and child, and for unmarried parents, there are two ways to go about this. The first is to sign a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity form; the second is via the courts.  Why is it so important to establish paternity? Here are five benefits in favor of doing so. 1. Establishing identity It is important that a child understands where they came from Read More

A Brief Guide to Third Party Custody

Third-party custody is where a person or persons other than the child’s biological parents are given parental rights and take over parental responsibilities. Usually, child custody and visitation rights are decided in court and, where possible, the biological parents will be granted custody rights. If the biological parents are unfit or unable to care for the child, a third party may be granted custody rights Read More