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What Happens if I Miss My Protective Order Hearing?

Posted by Josh Valentine | Apr 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Protective orders, sometimes called restraining orders, are common after a divorce, domestic violence call, or conviction for abuse or stalking. A protection order may direct a party to refrain from contacting the other; prohibit a party from going within a certain distance of the other; grant to...

Domestic Abuse Under Coronavirus Stay At Home Orders

Posted by Josh Valentine | Apr 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

With the stress of a worldwide pandemic, confusion over when this will all be over, and spending so much time in close quarters, many families are struggling to keep it together. Normally, a spouse may have time to go fishing, watch sports with friends, or escape in their jobs. Now, many spouses ...

Does My Ex Owe Child Support After Bankruptcy?

Posted by Josh Valentine | Apr 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

During these challenging times, many people are finding themselves without an income and in debt. Bankruptcy filings may increase after the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Bankruptcy allows individuals to discharge or restructure debt. Some priority debts are not dischargeable, including child sup...

Will North Carolina Divorces Rise After the Outbreak?

Posted by Josh Valentine | Apr 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

With travel restrictions, kids home from school, and stay-at-home orders in North Carolina, families may be feeling increased tension in the home. Many couples are separated during long stretches of the day when at work, out with friends, or spending time exercising. Such a dramatic change in day...

North Carolina Courts and Coronavirus Closures

Posted by Josh Valentine | Mar 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

The North Carolina Court System is “largely closed,” but will remain open for limited activity in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Like many other businesses and government agencies, the courts have taken action to slow the spread of COVID-19 among the public and employees. Chief ...

Child Custody and Coronavirus Concerns

Posted by Josh Valentine | Mar 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

There is a lot of confusion surrounding the coronavirus or COVID-19 and the situation is changing every day. Parents with children may be dealing with a lot between having children home from school, arranging child care, or trying to work from home. Parents sharing custody may have additional hur...

Divorce When Kids Go to College

Posted by Josh Valentine | Mar 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

Many parents know that their relationship is essentially over but still stay together for the sake of their children. Divorce can be difficult for children, especially when they are younger. Many parents wait until their children go off to college to finally separate. However, it may not be much ...

Does it Matter Who Files First in a Divorce?

Posted by Josh Valentine | Feb 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

The court should treat both spouses fairly and equally in a divorce. However, the spouse who files first in a divorce may have some benefits at the responding spouse's expense. Filing for divorce is a serious step and a spouse may have reasons to reconsider or put off filing. Even after talking a...

Can Teenagers Be Emancipated From Their Parents?

Posted by Josh Valentine | Feb 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

It can be difficult being a teenager who feels independent in most of their day-to-day life but is still subject to the rules of living in their parent's household. Until an individual turns 18 years old, they are generally under their parent's legal and physical custody. Similarly, the parents a...

Divorce during Holidays

Posted by Josh Valentine | Feb 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Valentine's Day can be a significant event for people going through divorce. Divorces may actually increase around Valentine's Day. It is supposed to be a holiday where partners celebrate each other with romantic gestures. However, the excess of hearts, gifts, and romance can be difficult for peo...

DWI Arrest After Super Bowl Sunday

Posted by Josh Valentine | Feb 04, 2020 | 0 Comments

Police and law enforcement across North Carolina are no strangers to the partying habits of football fans on Super Bowl Sunday. The North Carolina Highway Patrol and other agencies are on high alert for the hours right around the end of the Super Bowl, as revelers start to head home and parties wind down.

Pet-Nups for Pet Ownership in a Divorce

Posted by Josh Valentine | Jan 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

Prenuptial agreements can be helpful for couples to plan for how property is treated if the couple ever gets a divorce. Increasingly, individuals are concerned about pet ownership in a divorce. So-called “pet-nups” could provide for pet ownership when a married couple separates.  If you have any...

Cost of Divorce in North Carolina

Posted by Josh Valentine | Jan 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

A recent article in USA Today ranked the average cost of divorce in each state. North Carolina comes in near the middle for the cost of an average divorce, with and without children. The costs of filing for divorce are not that high, generally coming to a few hundred dollars. However, the cost of...

Name Change After a Divorce in North Carolina

Posted by Josh Valentine | Jan 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Many married couples keep with the tradition of changing the wife's last name to take the husband's last name after marriage. Other couples may keep their individual last names or add a hyphenated name. When a couple gets divorced, changing the last name can be more complicated.  After a divorce...

Drinking Habits and Divorce

Posted by Josh Valentine | Jan 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

Drinking alcohol is not uncommon for married couples. While some couples drink regularly, others abstain from drinking any alcohol at all. Alcohol use can impact marital satisfaction and divorce rates. According to a study by researchers at the University of Buffalo, when one partner drinks heavi...

Signs Your Spouse May Be Planning a Divorce

Posted by Josh Valentine | Dec 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

A divorce can still come as a big surprise for many spouses. A spouse may have been acting differently for months or years, or there could have been no obvious signs that there was anything wrong with the relationship. However, hindsight often provides clues that one spouse had been thinking abou...

Christmas and Child Visitation Disputes

Posted by Josh Valentine | Dec 06, 2019 | 0 Comments

Christmas is supposed to be a time for joy, family gatherings, and watching kids open presents under the tree. Unfortunately for parents involved in custody disputes, Christmas can be a stressful time and lead to fights between parents, family members, and children. If you are involved in a child...

New Teen Court and Juvenile Justice Laws

Posted by Josh Valentine | Nov 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Earlier this month, we discussed North Carolina's new “raise the age” law for juveniles. The raise the age law would no longer automatically try suspects under the age of 18 as adults. However, the legislature has also signed a number of other laws that apply to juvenile justice and teen court ac...

Retirement Benefits in a Divorce Settlement Agreement

Posted by Josh Valentine | Nov 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Retirement benefits are a unique asset in North Carolina divorce cases. Retirement benefits may consist of Social Security benefits, 401(k) savings, IRAs, a pension, or other types of retirement savings. These may have accumulated before and during the marriage. For people under the age of retire...

Unreliable DWI Breath Testing Can Put You in Jail

Posted by Josh Valentine | Nov 05, 2019 | 0 Comments

An article in the New York Times is telling readers what North Carolina criminal defense lawyers have known for years about breath testing for drunk driving: “These Machines Can Put You in Jail. Don't Trust Them.” Unfortunately, many drivers rely on these faulty tests and the claims of the prosec...

North Carolina's Raise the Age Law for Juveniles

Posted by Josh Valentine | Nov 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

North Carolina is the last state to adopt a “raise the age” law. Under the new law, teenagers under the age of 18 will no longer be automatically tried as adults in court. Session Law 2019-186 was enacted on August 1, 2019, and will go into effect on December 1, 2019. Changes Under the Raise the...

Divorce After a Health Scare or Illness

Posted by Josh Valentine | Oct 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

Divorce can be a time for major upheaval in your life. A divorce can result in changes to your living situation, support system, time with your children, and financial status. However, major life changes can also be the catalyst for deciding to get separated or divorced. Major life events, like s...

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