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June 2016 Archives

Determining paternity in North Carolina

If a man is not married to the mother of a child, he is not liable for support until paternity is established. Paternity is the legal finding that a man is the father of a child, and in some cases, proof of a man's outstanding claim to be the legal father. Establishing paternity can have benefits for both the child and the parents.

Virtual visitation allows parents to keep in touch

North Carolina is one of only a handful of states that have adopted laws that allow courts to order virtual visitation when making child custody orders. However, other states are currently considering adding such laws to their existing custody and visitation frameworks.

Man ordered to pay spousal support to ex-wife despite prenup

North Carolina couples who sign a prenuptial agreement cannot always be certain that the provisions of that document will be upheld in court. One woman challenged the terms of a prenup that denied alimony in the event of a divorce. She argued that because her ex-husband had signed an I-864 Affidavit of Support, which affirmed his financial support of her since she was an immigrant, he was obligated to continue to supporting her.

Paying for private school education after divorce

In general, parents want their children to have the best opportunities in life. Many of them believe that this can only be achieved if their children attend private school. It might be difficult for parents in North Carolina to pay for a private education if they are divorced and have primary physical custody. However, it is possible to include the cost of private school into the calculation for child support.

Court denies request for custody restrictions for Chris Brown

North Carolina residents who keep an eye on celebrity news may be interested to learn that, on May 24, singer Chris Brown was determined to be fit to care for his daughter. The decision was made after the mother of the child requested that the singer's access to the child be restricted due to alleged gang affiliation and drugs.

5 tips when telling your kids about your divorce

Getting a divorce is a difficult in any circumstances, but when there are kids involved there are even more feelings to consider. As it becomes obvious that the marriage truly is breaking down, the kids will need to be let in on what's happening, as it affects them. For most kids, their parent's divorce means that they will no longer have both parents accessible under one roof anymore, and although that change is difficult, it doesn't mean it isn't the best option under the circumstances.

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