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What is a Separation Agreement?

When someone says the word “divorce”, one of the first images that comes to mind is an ominous courtroom with a judge in robes, and two well dressed, red faced attorneys shouting at one another. Although this is one way to handle the issues surrounding a divorce, there are other methods that don’t require the … 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

Top 10 Benefits of Collaborative Law

Collaborative Law is a new alternative to the common approaches of Litigation and Mediation. It provides a friendlier and relaxed environment to foster negotiation, cooperation, and respect. Specific Benefits: 1. You can voice your opinions and feelings freely. You will know that your interests, needs, and concerns have been heard and will be taken into … Continue reading

Is Sex to Blame for Cheating?

The Number One Reason People Cheat Is? (Hint: It is Not Sex) Many marriages end in divorce because one partner decides to step outside the marriage and cheat. You might think sexual attraction or the need to have more sex is the number one reason people cheat but according to a new survey the number one reason … Continue reading

Sticks and Stones may break your bones: The problem with marital property

The ink on the marriage license is barely dry and the next step for most couples is to buy a home together. So, what happens when happily ever after becomes more like nightmare before Christmas and you’re signing divorce papers? Sure, if you are pleasant and agreeable (not usual) you can avoid equitable distribution, and … Continue reading

Think Before You Sign

Are you and your spouse thinking about getting a divorce? Does it seem like you agree on most everything? Are you considering signing a separation agreement that either your spouse’s attorney prepared or a “do it yourself” agreement you got off the internet? Stop! Don’t sign it before you talk with an attorney. Most attorneys, … Continue reading

5 Suggestions For Staying Calm During a Divorce Hearing

You have hired an attorney, maybe you have been to mediation, and now you are going to your first divorce hearing. It might be a hearing for temporary custody or temporary alimony or it could be that you have skipped the temporary hearings and you are going straight to trial on custody or support. Either way, I’m … Continue reading

What is Collaborative Divorce?

Collaborative divorce is one of the newest methods for resolving your divorce and custody dispute. The way it works is that each party (you and your spouse) retain separate attorneys. Both you, your spouse, and each of your individual attorneys agree to work together to negotiate a settlement. You all agree that you will not litigate the … Continue reading

How to Tell Your Family You Are Getting Divorced

A divorce is like an amputation: you survive it, but there’s less of you. Margaret Atwood I am convinced Margaret Atwood knew what she was talking about. It’s amazing how hard it really is to take the last step of telling other people you are getting divorced. Just the thought of trying to say the … Continue reading

20 Do’s and Don’ts for Surviving Divorce

Story courtesy of The Survivor’s Club Divorce can be a very confusing, often difficult time. And after the papers have been signed, things have been moved, and lives have been uprooted, nothing every really goes back to being the same. If you’ve recently been divorced, you may find yourself looking for a new home, or managing … Continue reading

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