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Do You Need a Lawyer to Get Divorced in North Carolina?

Choosing to end your marriage can be one of the toughest decisions you have to face. And once you make that decision, you may also wonder whether you need to hire a lawyer for your North Carolina divorce. Below, we’ll discuss some situations in which you can proceed without an attorney—as well as situations in

What is Mediation?

Many assume that filing a lawsuit will eventually lead to a trial in a courtroom. While trials still occur in North Carolina, many cases today are resolved through alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods like mediation. In fact, for nearly three decades, North Carolina has required mediation or mandatory settlement conferences in all cases filed in

Adopting a Stepchild in North Carolina: What You Need to Know

Although the term “adoption” may suggest bringing a new child into the family fold, many adoptions involve an already-established family — that is, a stepparent becoming a stepchild’s full legal parent. Depending on the circumstances, a stepparent adoption may range from simple and straightforward to extremely complex. Read on to learn more about the stepparent

What Rights Do Fathers Have in North Carolina?

As a father, you understand how important it is to be part of your child’s life, no matter your relationship with your child’s mother. This doesn’t just include spending time with your child — but also having a vote in health-related, education-related, and child-rearing decisions that can affect your child’s future. North Carolina has abandoned

Stepparent Custody and Visitation Rights

  As a stepparent, you may have formed a close bond with your spouse’s child. If you’re now going through a separation and divorce, then you may be wondering if you have any legal rights as a stepparent. In North Carolina, stepparent custody rights are complicated, however, N.C.G.S. §50-13.1(a) states that stepparents do have the

How To Prepare For Your Day In Court

When your court date is approaching, it’s normal to be anxious. Especially if you’ve never had to experience a trial before. Here’s what you should be doing to prepare for trial and what you should do on the day of your court date. Basic Preparation You should have already hired an attorney well before your

[Checklist] Documents You Need To Keep During Your North Carolina Divorce

A separation or divorce can be an overwhelming, stressful, and emotional time for you and your family. Likely, when beginning the divorce process, you may not know what you need to bring to the table to make the process easier for everyone involved. You’re going to need quite a few documents during the divorce process,

8 Things To Know About Spousal Spying

It has become more and more common over recent years for one spouse to complain that the other is spying on him or her.  With the availability of inexpensive programs and hardware, it is more likely that the spying is in fact taking place. Here’s a primer on a spouse’s privacy rights under the North

Things to know about a Department of Social Services case

If the Department of Social Services (DSS) opens an investigation and case on your family, then there are a number of things you should know. 1. DSS is required to investigate any report to them of abuse or neglect of a minor child. 2. Abuse usually means physical abuse but DSS may investigate mental abuse as well. Evidence

5 Things You Think You Know About Separations But Really Don’t

Do you think you know everything about what constitutes separations in North Carolina? Let’s put your knowledge to the test with a pop quiz. All questions are true/false. 1. You can be separated from your spouse while living in the same house as long as you sleep in separate rooms. FALSE. To be separated, you
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