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October 2016 Archives

Domestic violence and divorce: How protective orders can help

Divorce is difficult in the best of times, but if a divorce occurs in a marriage already burdened with domestic abuse, the process can be dangerous and drawn-out in court. Unless there is a clear history of provable abuse (through medical or law enforcement records), the spouse who was victimized may have a difficult time during court proceedings. Working with an experienced family law attorney and seeking a protective order to prevent further abuse or harassment during the divorce proceedings are great ways to minimize the anxiety the divorce process may cause.

Obama moves to change child support rules for inmates

Inmates in North Carolina often fall behind on their child support payments while they are incarcerated. This may leave them facing huge debt levels when they leave prison. The Obama administration is trying to put new rules in place that would let inmates modify their child support amounts while they are in prison.

Tax lessons from Depp and Heard's divorce settlement

Most North Carolina residents don't have as much money as Johnny Depp, but the actor's divorce from actress Amber Heard can still teach some important tax lessons. After a very public breakup, the couple settled their divorce with an agreement that Depp would pay Heard $7 million in alimony. Instead of receiving the money, Heard allowed Depp to send it as donations to Children's Hospital Los Angeles and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Video: FAQ: Military 10-Year Retirement

In a divorce in North Carolina, the property of the marital estate must be divided in a way that is equitable, but not necessarily an even 50-50 split. Tangible assets, like the family home, are often one of the first issues to be discussed. Yet it is important to remember that intangible assets, like retirement benefits, must also be divided.

Alternative to litigation in child custody matters

When North Carolina parents separate or divorce, issues might arise in how to raise and co-parent their children. Some couples are unable to agree on some or all aspects of the co-parenting process and choose, instead, to seek out a resolution via court. Litigation is costly and time consuming and might not provide the best route to resolving the issues related to co-parenting.

What happens to the family home after a divorce?

During a divorce, North Carolina couples may find that they have to negotiate when it comes to splitting up the assets that they obtained while they were married. Of course, the family home cannot be physically split. This means that either one person will end up with the home or no one will end up with it.

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