John has written 19 posts for N.C. Family Law Blog

New Equitable Distribution Law

As though the concept of equitable distribution wasn’t confusing enough already… now there’s new law out there regarding marital gifts when it comes to real property! Don’t worry; I’ll try to break it down for you. On October 1, 2013, the North Carolina Courts, through S.L. 2013-103, amended the marital property presumptions found in G.S. … Continue reading

Absolute Divorce

Have you been separated from your spouse for over one year? Have you lived in North Carolina for the past six months? Do you plan to waive alimony and property/debt issues? If your answer to all of these question is “yes”, then you qualify for an absolute divorce! Also, to get an absolute divorce you … Continue reading

Origins of Valentine’s Day

Giant chocolate hearts filled with candy. Fragrant bouquets of vibrant red roses. Shiny Mylar balloons declaring everlasting love.  Today, these all represent Valentine’s Day, a day of love invoking visions of horse drawn carriages, candlelight dinners and literal beds of roses.  While February 14 may be forever associated with courtly love, this was not always … Continue reading

Tips For Recovering After Being Cheated On

Have you recently found out that your partner cheated on you? Do you need help to overcome the devastating news? Are you afraid that it may affect your next relationship? If you answered yes to any of these questions, and need help getting over being cheated on here are some tips that could help you … Continue reading

The Infamous Pataky Case

I was observing a hearing several days ago and the Judge started discussing Pataky v. Pataky. I could see that at least one of the attorneys in the hearing was unfamiliar with the case from the look on their face. Then it struck me to look it up on the internet to see what I … Continue reading

The BEST recipe for a large family

My all-time favorite chef from the Food Network is Ina Garten. I have two of her cookbooks and I have made several recipes out of both of them and they have all turned out fabulously. In my opinion, this woman knows flavors! I recently made a pasta recipe created by her and I thought I … Continue reading

The History of Child Custody

Today, many people are still under the presumption that when it comes to child custody, that the mother is usually preferred and thereby has the upper hand before the case even begins. This is simply NOT true. Thus, it is important to look at the historical changes involving child custody in order to gain an … Continue reading

Can a Wife Who Earns More Than the Husband Be Entitled to Alimony in North Carolina?

Courts may grant alimony in North Carolina, but not in all divorce cases. The income of each spouse plays a significant role in determining whether or not a spouse is entitled to receive spousal support from the other spouse. The spouse who makes considerably less income than the other, also referred to as the dependent … Continue reading

Obtaining Legal Separation in North Carolina If One Spouse Refuses to Leave the Marital Home

North Carolina is a “no fault” divorce state, and grants a divorce judgment to legally married couples based only on two grounds. In order to grant a divorce judgment, the state requires either of the spouses to be legally insane, or for spouses to have lived separately for a year prior to filing for divorce. … Continue reading

Study Shows Couples With Modern Attitudes on Sharing Housework Run a Higher Risk of Divorce

According to a recent Norwegian study conducted by Thomas Hansen and Britt Slagvord, the divorce rate is higher by 50% among couples that share housework duties equally compared to couples with the woman doing most of the household chores. The divorce rate is also higher when a husband does chores in the home, and the … Continue reading

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