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Divorce vs. Legal Separation in North Carolina

Posted by Josh Valentine | May 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

If your marriage is in trouble, you may be wondering about whether to pursue a legal separation or a divorce. First of all, know that a divorce is the legal ending of a marriage, while a separation — although it can feel like a divorce in many ways — does not legally end a marriage. Because both...

Why A DIY Divorce Is Often A Bad Idea

Posted by Josh Valentine | May 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

DIY trends are no longer reserved for home renovations projects. Some separating couples believe they can DIY their divorces too. However, divorce isn't like a home project. There are no do-overs if things go awry or a party fails to protect their rights. To add insult to injury, DIYers can end u...

Creating a Prenup for a Second Marriage

Posted by Josh Valentine | Apr 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

When marrying for the second time, you will have many things to consider, likely many more than when you first walked down the aisle. Where will you live? How should you co-parent a blended family? How should you manage your joint retirement plans? At this point in your life, you may have signif...

How adoption changes people’s marriages

Posted by Josh Valentine | Apr 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

Choosing to give a child a home with you through adoption is a beautiful thing. While adoption could be the most rewarding thing you ever do, you must recognize the gravity of the commitment you are making and how it can change your marriage. Deciding to adopt Couples reach the decision to adop...

Which Professions Divorce the Most, and Why?

Posted by Josh Valentine | Apr 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

There are several reasons why married couples don't stay together, and these reasons may change over time. One factor that has remained a reliable predictor of marital success over the last few decades, however, is occupation. Specifically, financial stability is a significant factor in marital ...

What legal challenges do polyamorous families face?

Posted by Josh Valentine | Apr 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

An increasing number of Americans are choosing to build families outside of the heterosexual nuclear family model. While there is a growing understanding in the US that families exist in all forms, policymakers in many states have yet to catch up. Non-monogamous families face a series of unique c...

Trends in American marriage and divorce in the 2020s

Posted by Josh Valentine | Feb 08, 2021 | 0 Comments

Marriage is a common experience among adults in western cultures. It is estimated that by age 50, more than 90% of us will marry at least once. According to the American Psychological Association, this is excellent news because marriage is good for a person's mental and physical health. It is als...

Guide to Divvying up Sentimental Items in a Divorce

Posted by Josh Valentine | Dec 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Going through a divorce is never easy, but splitting up a lifetime of memories can be even more challenging. In many cases, dividing your real estate, retirement and investment accounts, or bank balances is so much easier. After all, splitting a bank balance down the middle is straightforward and...

How Divorce Affects Your Home and Real Estate

Posted by Josh Valentine | Dec 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

A big question for those going through a divorce is what will happen with their home or other real estate. We all need a roof over our heads. Yet homes are much more practical and sentimental than simple shelter. These days especially, we depend on our home to live and work. A home inherited, con...

The Need-to-Know Basics of International Adoption

Posted by Blake Caulder | Oct 01, 2020 | 0 Comments

Are you considering international adoption? You probably have a laundry list of questions. Adoption is a process that's filled with many roadblocks, especially when it involves multiple countries. International adoption may be complicated, but it's also rewarding for parents and children around t...

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...

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