Family Law

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How Your Health Insurance Coverage May Be Affected by Divorce

December 19, 2016

If you are separated and are relying on your estranged spouse to provide you with health insurance coverage through an employer’s group health insurance plan or other policy maintained by your spouse, your health insurance coverage may be in jeopardy. One concern is that your estranged spouse may be able to remove you as an insured, terminate your coverage, or allow your policy to lapse without your knowledge or consent. With the increasing cost of…

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Missing Assets in Divorce

November 16, 2016

An issue that arises with some frequency in divorce cases involves allegations that a spouse has hidden or disposed of marital assets. Often, these are assets, such as jewelry, cash, or valuable coin collections, which neither party admits taking or having in their possession following the marital separation. Transferring or depositing funds into undisclosed financial accounts and/or taking cash withdrawals in advance of the separation is another ploy that a spouse may use to attempt…

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When Child Support Ends for One Child, How Is Child Support Determined for the Remaining Child or Children?

November 16, 2016

When a parent is paying court ordered child support to the other parent for two or more children, and the obligation to pay child support for one of the children terminates, unless the court’s order allocates the child support between the children, the supporting parent cannot legally unilaterally reduce or adjust the amount of his/her child support obligation.

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Can Alimony Be Increased or Decreased?

October 18, 2016

A court order for payment of alimony that is entered by a North Carolina Court may be modified or vacated if a judge finds that a substantial change in circumstances has occurred since the entry of the original order. In general, the circumstances necessary to modify an alimony order must relate to a change in the financial needs of the dependent spouse (the spouse receiving alimony) or in the supporting spouse’s ability to pay.

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Mental and Emotional Abuse – Domestic Violence Isn’t Always Black and Blue

October 17, 2016

When we think of domestic violence, images often come to mind of black eyes, bruises, busted lips, or broken bones. However, domestic violence encompasses much more than that. Domestic violence is abuse or undue manipulation through power and control that occurs between two parties involved, or formerly involved, in a personal or intimate relationship. This can include spouses, former spouses, couples who have lived together, couples who have dated, as well as children, parents, and grandparents.

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