Charlotte Divorce Law FAQ
At Collins Family & Elder Law Group, we have more than two decades of legal experience in family law and divorce law. Having represented many families in our community, we are familiar with how emotional and confusing this process may feel. We are confident in our ability as experienced Charlotte divorce attorneys to both address your questions and represent you in a way that provides you and your family with the peace of mind that you need during this time. Read on to learn how we can help you successfully navigate the divorce process in Charlotte.
We hope that our answers to the following series of commonly asked questions that we receive at the firm can be helpful to your current dilemma. Of course, if you have additional questions, or if another concern has emerged after reading through this page, we can provide you with the answers you require when you consult us.
What are the requirements to file for divorce in North Carolina?
Divorce laws are governed by North Carolina General Statutes, Chapter 50, Sections 50-3 and 50-7. To file for a divorce in the state, either spouse must have been a resident of North Carolina for at least six months prior to filing for the divorce. If you have been legally separated for one year prior to filing for divorce, you are likely eligible to file.
Why should I consider mediation?
Families choose mediation over litigation in divorce or family law issues for many reasons. Divorce cases are notorious for being heated and emotionally charged. Instead of taking your emotions into a courtroom, where arguments are likely to flare resulting in devastating court-mandated orders, you and a former spouse can resolve issues in mediation. Mediation takes place outside of a courtroom with a third-party, qualified mediator. In mediation or collaborative law, parties can come to mutual agreement on issues that are pertinent to a divorce matter. This method has saved families in North Carolina time, money, and energy, and has allowed families to maintain amicable relationships.
How do I establish my rights as a father?
Contrary to popular belief, mothers do not always receive primary custody of a child. In fact, many North Carolina family courts channel a considerable amount of energy and time into making a decision that is right for a child in matters involving child custody or visitation. Fathers have legal rights to continue relationships with their children, biological or not, after a divorce or separation.
Establishing your rights as a father can be extremely beneficial in many ways. The courts understand that you deserve to be involved in the growth and development of your child or children’s lives. With the help of a lawyer, your father’s rights to custody and parenting time can be preserved through a court-mandated order or through a parenting agreement.
I am considering adoption. How can I prepare for the process?
First of all, we commend you for considering such a gracious act. Adoption is one of the most wonderful gifts that you can offer a child, but there are many legal intricacies that you must first be aware of before entering into the adoption process. We can identify all of your options and guide you through the process.
What can an attorney do for my family?
Although divorces can be completed on your own, a Charlotte divorce lawyer can be an essential asset to have by your side during a divorce. Not only can an attorney serve as an effective mediator during your divorce but he or she can also answer your pressing questions, alleviate your worries, address your concerns, and accompany you in court to make sure that your rights and interests are protected. Divorce matters can involve the whole family, so it is wise to retain a lawyer who can keep your emotions in balance with the law to ensure that everyone wins in the divorce.
Do you have more questions? We have a solution!
If your question was not answered above, do not feel as though your divorce or family law matter is too complex. Divorce is an incredibly complex area of law. It is important that you obtain the information that you need to proceed with your divorce matter, so do not hesitate to contact Collins Family & Elder Law Group!