5 Reasons an Attorney Is More Effective Than DIY Legal Services

You don’t technically need a lawyer to do anything in the legal arena on your own behalf. However, attorneys are trained and experienced in the law, so they are an invaluable asset in a legal situation. This is particularly true in cases that involve any aspect of family law, including child custody, divorce, and determining child support. Below are a few reasons that having an attorney is more effective in virtually Read More

4 Potential Options for Recovering Unpaid Child Support

Many parents rely on child support to ensure that their children have food on the table and clothes on their back. It can be stressful and extremely difficult to deal with a parent that refuses to pay child support. Thankfully, North Carolina offers legal options for parents who are not receiving the child support that they are legally entitled to collect. Child Support Services (CSS) Child Support Services Read More

5 Factors Considered When Calculating Spousal Support

Individuals in North Carolina who are going through the divorce process often have questions about how the amount of spousal support will be calculated. This article lists five factors that courts in North Carolina consider influential in determining the amount of spousal support that must be paid between former spouses. Keep in mind that these are by no means the only factors considered, and every spousal support Read More

Assisted Care Facilities for Elderly Individuals

An assisted care facility is a facility for elderly people that provides housing with assistance to the elder person. In this environment an individual has an apartment-type area to reside in. The assisted living environment provides both an independent atmosphere for the elder person along with assistance when needed. Typically in an assisted care facility the elder person may receive as much or as little assistance Read More

Incestuous Marriages

An incestuous marriage is a marriage between close family members. The validity of an incestuous marriage depends on the law of the state where the parties intend to reside. In the state where the incestuous marriage is regarded as a crime, the incestuous marriage is not accepted for immigration purposes even if the marriage was legally contracted somewhere else. Incestuous marriages are marriage between the Read More

International Divorce and Foreign Divorce Decrees

With many people living and working abroad after being married in the United States international divorce is becoming more of a common practice. International divorce cases may be very complex due to the laws of the country in which the parties currently reside. There are several issues that must be analyzed when dealing with an international divorce case. Some of the issues include: Jurisdiction. Which country Read More

Marriage of Underage Children

In most states, a person must be 18 in order to marry; however, in many states a minor 15 years or older may get married with legal permission from a parent or guardian. You have to be 16 to get married with parental consent in the State of New York. If you are under 16, you need a court order giving you permission to marry. Parental Consent Parental consent is obtained when at least one parent or legal guardian of Read More

Planning for a Divorce

Although no person wants to think about planning for a divorce, divorce occurs in almost 50 percent of all marriages. If one party is thinking about divorce he or she should plan prior to filing for divorce. One should especially consider the financial consequences of divorce. Separation of Non-Marital Assets Non-marital assets are assets that are not subject to division during divorce.  If the party commingles Read More

Divorce Involving a Member of the U.S. Military

Introduction Military divorce involves a member of the uniformed services and his or her spouse, who may or may not be in the services. Even though military divorce may be similar to a usual divorce, there are a few differences, such as legal protections, jurisdiction of court, residency requirements for filing for divorce, division of military retirement benefits or pension, and provision for child support. A Read More

Spouses as Witnesses in Divorce Proceedings

Introduction In general, either spouse can testify in a ''no fault'' divorce proceeding, in a fault-based divorce proceeding, in a property settlement hearing, or in proceedings relating to custody determinations. While such testimony can be highly relevant in a divorce proceeding, there are some rules (including the marital communications and anti-marital facts privileges) that come into play when considering the Read More