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How can I leave an abusive relationship when I have no money?

Often times abusers will control their partner's finances to keep them from leaving the relationship. Luckily that doesn't have to be the case. Many women escape abusive relationships without money by creating a plan and reaching out to the others for help - and you can too.

Video: FAQ: Do you need a separation agreement? | Hardin Law Firm PLLC

Although you may no longer want to live with your soon-to-be former spouse, communication is still needed. In fact, couples that can reach agreement without the court's involvement will be able to save themselves both time and money.

Video: FAQ: Victoria Hardin seeks positive results for clients

In a divorce, there may be different ways to measure a positive result. For example, sparing minor children from additional upset might be a goal common to both parents. Toward that end, our law firm might recommend negotiations outside of the court's involvement, but with each party's attorney present. Instead of courtroom litigation, a couple could mutually work toward resolution of issues like property division, child custody and visitation, and alimony. 

If you need a protective order, you need an attorney

Marriages end for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, in an amicable separation, both parties can agree to mediation or an uncontested divorce, eschewing the need for attorneys. If there has been a history of physical, emotional, financial or sexual abuse in your marriage, the best way to protect yourself is to hire an experienced divorce attorney. He or she understands what evidence helps, as well as the hearings and filings required to obtain a protective order.

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.

Video: FAQ: One Year Separation in North Carolina | Hardin Law Firm PLLC

Media accounts of celebrity divorces may give the impression that the process is as simple as filing a document with the court. In North Carolina, however, the no-fault divorce statute does not work that way.

Video: FAQ: One year separation in North Carolina | Hardin Law Firm PLLC

Media coverage of celebrity divorces, the national divorce rate or procedures like a no-fault divorce filing may create false assumptions about the ease of getting a divorce. North Carolina couples, in particular, may be shocked to learn that a one-year separation is required before filing for divorce.

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.

Two key differences between civilian and military divorces

If you are in the military (or are the spouse of a servicemember) and are considering getting a divorce, you may assume that the process is the same as civilian divorces. Although this is true to a certain extent, there are a couple of key differences between civilian and military divorces.

Four things to do if you are getting a divorce

If your marriage is irretrievably broken and you are are contemplating getting a divorce, it can be an emotional time when clear thinking is difficult to do. Although it is understandable to feel this way, divorce is a time in your life when it is important to keep your wits about you, as the decisions you make can affect you for the rest of your life.

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