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May 2017 Archives

How nesting may help children adjust to a divorce

Some North Carolina parents who are getting a divorce may find that an arrangement known as "nesting" suits them and their children. Nesting means that parents share custody, but instead of the children shuttling back and forth between the parents' home, the children remain in the family home while the parents rotate in and out. This helps eliminate the instability that comes from moving between parents' homes every few days.

Penalties and taxes in dividing a retirement account

Some North Carolina couples who are getting a divorce may have a retirement account that needs to be divided. This might require a document called a Qualified Domestic Relations Order. Dividing a retirement account may incur taxes and fees, and people may consult a certified divorce financial analyst at this stage. Working with a financial analyst may help ensure a more efficient transfer of funds with minimal costs.

Alimony and taxes: Can I deduct my alimony payments?

If you're paying a significant amount of alimony to your ex-spouse each month, you're probably wondering what tax benefits you might be able to receive. After all, the income that you're sending to your spouse is not income that you're directly benefiting from. Shouldn't your ex be responsible for paying income taxes on the money and not you?

An overview of child support collection

If a North Carolina parent is entitled to child support, a state disbursement unit may be of assistance in collecting it for and distributing it to that parent. It is also the job of the SDU to accurately identify payments as well as provide payment records to a parent or to a court. It is important to note that the SDU must work on behalf of parents who receive Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.

Alcohol and drug use and child custody

North Carolina parents who have gone through a divorce and who are worried if their ex's substance abuse issue can compromise the safety of their child may have recourse in family court. However, they should be aware of exactly at what point the courts should become involved and what actions parents can take to ensure that their children are protected and still be in compliance with a child custody order.

Planning ahead for vacations when divorced

North Carolina parents who are separated often have conflicts about custody and visitation, and the summertime may be an especially contentious time because of vacation planning. There are several ways that parents can help to avoid having custody disputes during these breaks so that they and their children can enjoy the time off.

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