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Unpaid child support and an ex-spouse's government benefits

A custodial parent in North Carolina who is not receiving child support from an ex-spouse might wonder about whether Social Security benefits can be garnished. Some types of government benefits can be garnished, but others administered through Social Security cannot. In the case of SSI, Supplemental Security Income, for example, the benefit is viewed as a type of welfare and cannot be garnished. However, retirement or disability benefits that are not SSI-related could be.

The financial facts behind child support

North Carolina residents who find themselves negotiating child support issues might benefit from knowing the financial facts related to child support, as almost half of all custodial mothers and three-quarters of custodial fathers do not have legal child support agreements in place. The reasons for this vary and can be misunderstood. The one thing that becomes clear when the statistics are reviewed is that custodial mothers, whether they receive child support payments or not, seem to be at a financial disadvantage when compared to custodial fathers.

North Carolina artists' artwork is an asset in divorce

In North Carolina, all assets and property of value are considered marital property in divorce proceedings. For artists such as painters, writers and sculptors, this includes rights to their work, including copyright and residual income from licensing. However, in most cases, this does not include works created before the marriage began or after legal separation was filed, nor does it include contracts and royalty payment plans entered into before the marriage.

Study shows lower divorce rate for people in health care fields

South Carolina individuals who are considering going into the medical profession may be interested in a new study that says doctors and other medical professionals are less likely to be divorced than individuals who work in careers outside of the health care field. Researchers in the study say this indicates that the high stress associated with medical careers does not necessarily translate into undue marital discord.

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