Family Law Archives - Weaver, Bennett & Bland, PA

What Is a Will & Why Do You Need One?

If you don’t have a valid last will and testament, you’re in good company – as of 2017, only 42% of American adults had an end-of-life plan (including a will) in place. Unfortunately, lacking a valid will doesn’t just mean that your end-of-life wishes may be ignored; it can also place additional strain and stress

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Temporary Protective Orders in North Carolina

You may know that you can seek a protective order or restraining order against someone who has threatened you or your family. However, the actual process of seeking a protective order can be complex, creating more stress for those who are already under strain due to threats of violence. Experienced family law attorneys, like Weaver,

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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

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What Is a High Asset Divorce?

While divorces involving relatively few assets can be uncomplicated, those that involve a business, rental homes, stock options, pensions, or other assets can present challenges—even when the parties generally agree on the division of assets. And when the division of assets is contested, the legal issues facing you can be even tougher. What should you

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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

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What Types of Divorces Are There in North Carolina?

There are only two types of divorce in North Carolina: Absolute Divorce and Divorce from Bed and Board.  However, there are other terms that include the word “divorce” that people sometimes use to describe the issues surrounding the cessation of marriage, and resolving those issues is often lumped together by non-lawyers as a “divorce.” These

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How Much Does Divorce Cost in North Carolina?

When you’re seeking a divorce, one of the most important questions you’ll want answered is this: “How much will my divorce cost?” In this article, we’ll discuss average costs for different types of divorce, as well as factors that can increase the cost of divorce.  Average Cost of Divorces in North Carolina To determine the

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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

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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

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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

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