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

How Infidelity Affects the Divorce Process in North Carolina

Infidelity, adultery, or any other version of cheating in a marriage will sometimes be the reason that couples divorce. Yet, in North Carolina, infidelity can have even farther reaching implications in the divorce proceedings, including with respect to child custody and spousal support. Here’s what you need to know. 1) Infidelity can affect the question of the cheating spouse’s fitness to be a parent. The Read More

5 Co-Parenting Tips for Success

Co-parenting can be hard. There is really no way to sugar coat it, but with a little effort, you can successfully raise your children with as little conflict as possible. The following tips can help to make co-parenting easier for you, as well as your children. Start with a Good Parenting Agreement It is quite common to start the co-parenting process with the best intentions and think that you can just deal Read More

Who Gets What: 5 Things to Know About Property Division in a North Carolina Divorce

When filing for divorce, it is no surprise that it is not just your marriage that is going to be splitting up, but all of your assets too. Understanding how North Carolina courts will split up marital assets, however, is not something that most people easily understand. Whether you’re just starting to think about divorce, or you’re in the middle of one, take some time to learn more about how your assets will be Read More

If I Don’t Pay Child Support in North Carolina, Will I Go to Jail?

When you're fired from your job or you lose paid hours because of an injury, it can be difficult to keep up with your child support payments. Even if you have the most justifiable reasons, North Carolina law still holds you to your child support obligations. You can face a wide range of penalties for failing to pay child support on time and in full. Can one of these penalties include jail time? The short answer is Read More

How is a Divorce Different When an Adopted Child is Involved?

Divorce is never easy on children, but does it have a particular effect on adopted kids? Can adoption change the shape of your custody and child support issues? When adopted children are involved, you may need to anticipate a few legal and emotional particularities about your divorce. Make sure you're familiar with the key differences. Slight Legal Differences From a legal perspective, adoption has a very small Read More

Don’t Leave Your Kids in the Wrong Hands: What Happens if You Don’t Name a Guardian

If you have a minor child, it is essential that you appoint a guardian for your child should something happen to you. If you pass away or are no longer able to care for your child due to incapacity, the consequences for your child could be significant. Failing to Name a Guardian If you fail to name a guardian for your child, the Clerk of Court will determine who should be your child’s guardian. Although family Read More

5 Ways to Help Your Kids Adjust After Divorce

Taking time to adjust after a divorce is crucial for everyone in the family, and our children deserve to have all of the support they need. Whether it’s spending time at two different houses or even having to change schools, divorce can be difficult emotionally as well as logistically for the youngest members of the family. Although it might feel impossible to do at the time, you can create harmony in your family Read More

Is My Soon-to-Be Ex-Spouse Entitled to My Retirement?

Divorce proceedings are often quite complex, and require conversations about property, assets, child custody, and other sensitive issues. Any number of these elements can bring their own level of complexity, but one of the more involved aspects has to do with retirement accounts. Let’s explore how North Carolina handles the division of these benefits during a divorce. Under What Category Is Retirement? The Read More