Separation & Divorce

What is discovery and why does my attorney need so many documents from me?

June 15, 2013

In the world of litigation, it is not always sufficient to simply offer as evidence an opinion based on conjecture or recollection. The most credible evidence is that which is supported by actual documentation or other physical evidence. If your domestic case involves contested issues of child custody, child support, spousal support, or property division, your attorney will need extensive financial and personal information and documentation from both you and the opposing party to verify…

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Divorce and Emotional Support

May 24, 2013

Divorce is not only stressful, but it can be traumatic as well. Many people who are going through divorce feel like their life has been shattered or turned upside down. According to the Holmes and Rahe Social Readjustment Rating Scale (SRRS), divorce is the second most stressful life event an individual may experience, preceded only by the death of a spouse. As family law attorneys, we understand that the effects of divorce can be devastating…

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Marital Fault and Alimony

April 29, 2012

Before mid 1995, for a court to order post separation support and alimony, there had to be a finding of marital fault. This is no longer required in North Carolina, and represents a very important change in our state laws. While not a requirement, the finding of marital fault on the part of a supporting spouse is no longer the sole issue in the award of support to a dependent spouse. Fault on the part…

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What is a Dependent Spouse?

April 29, 2012

Essential to an award of spousal support or alimony, the court must determine that the spouse requesting support is a dependent spouse, and the other party is the supporting spouse. A dependent spouse is a husband or wife who is actually and substantially dependent on the other spouse for maintenance or is substantially in need of support from the other spouse.

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How Long Will My Divorce Take?

April 16, 2010

Generally speaking, it is impossible to predict exactly how long the case will take. After the case is under way, and your attorney understands the issues, he will be better able to gauge the duration. How long it will take depends on the following factors: The number and complexity of contested issues; The attitudes of each of the parties, their attorneys, and their inclination to settle; The court’s calendar. Some hearings can usually be scheduled…

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