Family Law FAQs

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Who Should Get the Family Dog?

September 8, 2014

Many people consider their pet as a member of their family, not just personal property. Consequently, when couples split up, there are sometimes disagreements as to which party should take possession and responsibility for the family pet. In North Carolina, dogs, cats, horses and other animals are considered personal property, such as a television or automobile. The laws of our state have not yet evolved to recognize pets and other animals as anything more than…

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Social Media and Your Domestic Case

August 4, 2014

Social networking websites, such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and LinkedIn, provide a unique forum for us to connect and share information with others. As the use of such social media has gained in popularity, lawyers, opposing parties, and investigators have learned that these websites provide a trove of personal and professional information that can be used as evidence, or facilitate further investigation and discovery, in legal proceedings. The following tips can help you avoid some…

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Tips for Reducing Legal Expenses in Your Domestic Case

July 7, 2014

Legal expenses in a domestic case can add up quickly, especially if there are complex legal issues, or hostility and bitterness between the parties that impedes settlement negotiations. In Asheville and the Western North Carolina area, it is customary for family law attorneys to charge an hourly rate for cases that involve child custody, child support, spousal support, and equitable distribution of marital property. The following are tips that may help minimize your legal expenses…

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Choosing the Best Lawyer for Your Divorce

March 22, 2014

Amid the angst and turmoil surrounding separation and divorce, one of the most important decisions that you will make will be your choice of an attorney. It is important to have a lawyer who inspires your trust and confidence, but also a lawyer who has expertise in the area of the law in which you need assistance. Even if you believe your divorce will be fairly amicable, or you do not have a large marital…

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Know Your Rights before Your Divorce Is Final

February 22, 2014

There are an abundance of websites and forms online that are designed to enable people to obtain a divorce without the assistance of an attorney. Even if you intend to handle your own divorce, you may still benefit from having a consultation with an attorney before you proceed with the divorce process. Having an attorney to assist you with your divorce can take a lot of the stress and guesswork out of the process. Otherwise,…

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