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What Does “Contempt of Court” Mean in Family Law?

In family law cases, the trial court’s order is generally the final word. However, when it comes to enforcing this order – whether collecting child support, seeking compliance with a custody or visitation order, or being reimbursed for medical expenses you may need additional help from the court. In most cases, this is accomplished through

Joint vs. Sole vs. Shared Custody

Navigating custody during and after a divorce can be complicated, even if you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse have a civil relationship. Should divorcing parents pursue joint custody, shared custody, sole custody, or some other option? What are your rights as a parent in this situation? Read on to learn more about the different types of

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

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

Domestic Violence Amid COVID-19 and How to Obtain a Domestic Violence Protective Order

NBC NEWS reported on April 5, 2020 that reports of domestic violence increased in March in many cities around the country as the coronavirus pandemic spread, according to law enforcement officials — raising concerns about families’ safety as they isolate at home.  The report included the statistic that Charlotte-Mecklenburg police fielded 517 additional calls about domestic violence


Information from the Weaver, Bennett & Bland Family Law TeamFor you, your family members and your friends 1. BE HEALTHY. Comply with all CDC and local and state guidelines and model good behavior for your children with intensive hand washing, wiping down surfaces and other objects that are frequently touched, and maintaining social distancing. This

How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce in NC?

Many people who are going through a divorce want to get the process over with as quickly as possible. Like all other states, though, North Carolina has specific laws related to divorce, and how long it takes to get a divorce.  In this issue, the divorce and family law attorneys with Weaver, Bennett & Bland

The North Carolina Absolute Divorce Process at a Glance

Getting an absolute divorce in North Carolina is a life-changing event.  It’s also a technical process with forms, deadlines, and service requirements that can be challenging to a layperson who is dealing with the court system on their own. It can literally pay to have someone on your side who knows how to navigate the

What to do when child custody arrangements change

Many parents of a child or children do not enter into a custody agreement in their separation agreement or consent order when their relationship ends.  On many such occasions due to circumstances or just inertia, one parent, usually, the mother (especially in non-married parents) ends up with physical custody of the child.  Sometimes the parents
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