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Understanding “No-Fault” Divorce

In 1999, Park Overall starred in the movie The Price of a Broken Heart, which was based on the true story of North Carolina couple Dot and Joseph Hutelmyer, who were happily married, at least until Joseph got romantically involved with his secretary. Dot sued her husband’s lover for alienation of affection and after the dust settled, was awarded a $1 million verdict. North Carolina is one of six states that still Read More

5 Benefits of a Marital Separation Agreement

Divorce can be complicated and painful, but a marital separation agreement can help make the dissolution of the marriage less bitter and acrimonious because it can ultimately save you both money. A marital separation agreement is an arrangement between a husband and wife that settles the most pressing and divisive issues that come up when a couple decides to divorce. Most often, the issues include child custody Read More

A Brief Overview of Domestic Violence Injunctions in North Carolina

For those living with domestic violence, a problem that can impact those of any age or economic status, the situation can seem hopeless. An abusive partner can control not only finances and transportation but also time by monitoring the whereabouts of a victim throughout the day, making it difficult for those in an abusive relationship to escape their situation. When children are involved, the stakes are even Read More

Seven Ways Your Spouse Could Hide Assets to Receive a More Favorable Settlement

Love and romance sometimes turn to divorce, and even if dissolving of your union seems calm on the surface, in reality, your divorce could be completely acrimonious, especially where finances are concerned. While prenuptial agreement can help protect assets that each spouse came into the marriage with, things might change when it comes to dividing marital property. One spouse may do anything to hide certain assets Read More

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