What to Do If Your Ex Stops Paying Child Support

When a couple divorces in North Carolina, it is neither fair nor reasonable to expect one parent to support the children alone. This is why family courts order child support to be paid. These payments are meant to contribute to the cost of housing, food, clothing, medical care, and other expenses associated with raising a child. Child support payments are made to the other parent, but they are for the maintenance of Read More

What You Need to Know About ART

For many individuals and couples, the dream of starting their own family is complicated by an inability to conceive. Until recently, their only choices would have been to adopt children or remain childless. Now, with strong advances in reproductive technology, these people can fulfill their shared dream of becoming parents. Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) is technology utilized to achieve conception using Read More

How a Financial Analyst Contributes to the Divorce Process

When Mark and Kelly decided to get divorced, she suggested that they “just split everything 50-50.” She offered to take certain assets as her half and let Mark have everything else. He agreed, seeing the arrangement as fair. Unfortunately, what he didn’t realize was that he would have to pay taxes on his assets whenever he wanted to access them, unlike Kelly, who could touch hers tax-free. What sounded like a fair Read More

5 Common Misconceptions About Divorce

There are a lot of myths and false assumptions surrounding divorce, and many of them are accepted as fact thanks to popular media. They are so widespread that divorce attorneys have to spend considerable amounts of time educating their clients on how the process actually transpires. Below is a list of five of the most common misconceptions about divorce and why they have no basis in reality. Custody of children Read More

How Divorce Affects Your Estate Plans

Divorce is a monumental life change, one that requires an updated estate plan to reflect your new circumstances. While most people wait until the divorce goes through before they revisit their will, power of attorney, trusts, and other arrangements, ideally the process should start as you know you intend to file. Given that North Carolina requires a separation of one year and one day before a divorce can be filed, Read More

5 Ways to Co-Parent More Effectively After a Divorce

An estimated 50% of all American children will see their parents’ marriage end in divorce. This means that a lot of us are collaborating with former spouses to make our kids feel as safe, cherished, and loved as possible. It’s an arrangement that has its joys—and challenges. To help you make decisions that support beneficial and effective co-parenting, five tips are listed below. 1.  Commit to being Read More

Parentage Options for Same Sex Couples

Same sex couples have a variety of options when seeking to grow their families. But there are important legal and financial considerations to each decision. Learning about your options is something that will require significant research, and we are here to answer your legal questions about assisted reproduction and adoption for same sex couples. This blog post offers a general overview that goes over the most common Read More

Avoid the Drama: 4 Tips for a More Amicable Divorce

Divorce is never easy. But it can be amicable. Thanks to TV shows like Divorce Court, the popular assumption is that divorce is a bitter war over who gets the kids, the home, and the lion’s share of the marital estate. While some divorces unfold in this manner, many more are settled out of court on amicable terms. An amicable divorce is the preferred way to end a marriage because it is less stressful for the Read More

Date Yourself After Your Divorce: 5 Tips for Positive and Healthy Self-Care

We need to get rid of the idea that self-love is selfish or narcissistic. Being kind to yourself reflects emotional health, and an ability to be kind to others. So go ahead and show some love to the most important person in your life: you.  Make yourself breakfast in bed every weekend Imagine waking up to a warm and delicious breakfast every weekend. Now go ahead and do it. If you own a crock pot, combine the Read More

5 Reasons Why We Appreciate Our Clients

As the holiday season draws to a close, we at Village Law Group are reminded of how much we appreciate our clients. As attorneys, we feel both honored and privileged to help all of you overcome personal and legal challenges, grow your families through marriage, surrogacy or adoption, and plan for your futures. There are a lot of reasons why our clients are so important to us, but five in particular top the list. Read More