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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

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