When a couple decides to separate and/or divorce, one or both parties may wish to resolve the process as quickly as possible. However, there may be times where a hearing or trial is necessary (regarding financial issues, the division or property, or issues involving children). In these scenarios, various witnesses may be called to testify…

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When you own a business and decide to get divorced, the company does not just stop operating until things are resolved. It can be even more difficult to move forward when you and your spouse both participate in the business. There are assets and liabilities to divide, and depending upon what your future roles are…

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The reality TV show Married at First Sight usually prompts two questions from its viewers: Do the couples really get married? Can they get their marriages annulled? The first question (marriage) has an easy answer — yes, the couples actually do get married. The show, prior cast members, and public records have made this clear.…

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A common assumption about premarital agreements is that they are created for well-to-do men in the event of a divorce. While individuals and couples with significant assets can benefit from premarital and postmarital agreements, the “old chestnut” that men are the ones requesting these documents can be laid to rest. As of 2017, “41 percent…

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In North Carolina, both parents have an equal right to custody of their children. While the State used to follow the so-called “tender years” doctrine, which gave preference to the mother when the children were young, that is no longer the case. When a couple divorces, both parents are assumed to be equally capable of…

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In North Carolina, mediation is required in child custody cases. Parents have the option of using a court-appointed mediator (at no extra cost to the parties) or a private mediator hired by the parents (where the cost is usually split equally between the parents). A child custody mediator (usually an experienced family law attorney) is…

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Estate planning is the most often neglected aspect of a couple’s life. Many couples have no will, no health care power of attorney (saying who makes your health care decisions when you cannot), durable power of attorney (allowing someone to act on your behalf if you are unavailable, unconscious, etc.), and living will (saying whether…

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