During a custody dispute, your actions will be looked at very closely by the other parent (or that parent’s attorney). Here are some useful tips that you will want to consider when you are in a custody case.
When you find yourself in the middle of a custody dispute, you need to be careful to refrain from certain activities that may have a harmful effect on your case.
An act of domestic violence may be addressed both in the criminal and civil courts. The criminal court is involved when the State of North Carolina, through the district attorney, brings criminal charges against the alleged abuser (most commonly for assault, communicating threats, or violating a domestic violence protective order).
North Carolina General Statute Section 50-12 provides for ways to change your surname (last name) as a result of a divorce. There are two ways to do this.
When most people think of divorce, they are actually thinking of what is known in North Carolina as absolute divorce. Absolute divorce is when the bonds of matrimony are dissolved and this action is discussed in North Carolina General Statute Section 50-6.
Same-sex marriage was legalized in North Carolina less than a year before the Supreme Court ruling on June 26, 2015 extended this right to same-sex couples in all 50 states. Nevertheless, residents of North Carolina are still far from seeing eye to eye.
In determining how to divide your marital property (meaning assets and debts acquired during the marriage), the court will not take into consideration alimony or child support obligations related to your spouse; however, the court may consider support obligations arising from a prior marriage.
Once you and your spouse separate, you may choose to divide your property by a separation agreement or by bringing a claim in court for equitable distribution (“ED”).
When the court divides property from a marriage pursuant to an equitable distribution claim, the court must first classify the property as either marital or separate property.
When a person interferes with a married couple’s relationship, there may be grounds for a lawsuit against that person. This most often occurs when a spouse has an extramarital affair. There are two claims that a spouse may file against this person in North Carolina: alienation of affection and criminal conversation.