Most people assume a family law legal practice is all about divorce and not much else. While divorce is a large area for attorneys who practice family law, it only scratches the surface of the ways in which an attorney working in this field helps families in North Carolina.
If you are contemplating a divorce, spousal support or alimony may be in dispute. You may be the spouse who believes you will need such payments, or you may be the person from whom your former spouse is seeking alimony or support. It is important that you understand the different types of payments that may be ordered in your divorce and what may affect whether they will be ordered.
Many North Carolina couples manage after a decade or so of marriage to amass significant marital assets, including those that are financial in nature, like 401(k) retirement accounts. In the event that one of these couples were to dissolve their marriage, some of the assets mat present complexities that are difficult to resolve during the asset-division process.
Many North Carolina couples try to protect their assets in the event of a divorce by entering into prenuptial agreements before marrying. Although courts normally give these agreements weight and usually follow them, there are some circumstances in which a court will refuse to enforce a prenuptial agreement.
Modern divorce settlements are expanding the definition of "family" to include the family pets. Celebrity couple Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith made headlines recently for including custody of the couple's dogs, but the practice of including shared pets during property allocation is becoming more popular.
Individuals in North Carolina who are going through a high-asset divorce might need to take certain steps to avoid an unfavorable outcome. Many individuals who going through a divorce might make a number of mistakes that can affect their financial futures.
North Carolina residents entering the lengthy process of divorce are often unprepared to battle for ownership of the family pets. While animals are generally treated as property in most divorce cases, some of the factors that courts take into consideration are very similar to those made in child custody cases.
Reality TV fans in North Carolina may be shocked to learn that Ramona Singer, star of 'Real Housewives of New York City," has split from her husband. According to the report, the two had been married for 27 years.
What a party involved in a legal dispute in North Carolina might think is fair may not always correlate to what the law considers fair and equitable. For example, in family law matters, the rights of a biological parent might take precedence over other rights claimed by people with more of a hand in raising the child. In one example recently cited, a mother who abandoned her baby daughter to the care of the child's grandmother but came back two years later to claim her stands a good chance of being awarded full custody of the toddler, because most laws favor the child's biological parents.
As some North Carolina readers may know, splitting assets in a divorce is not always simple. Divorced couples are facing a brave new world of having to rely on their own credit and having to survive off of one income. To add to these issues, the distribution of assets in divorce is not always handled in a timely manner.