Best Interest Standard for Child Custody

In North Carolina, the court can consider any factor in a custody case, and then based on the weight of all of the evidence presented, the judge will determine the custody arrangement that is in the best interest of the minor child or children. The best interest of the minor child is the “polar star” […]

Grandparent Custody

Are you seeking custody of your grandchild or grandchildren? While you probably never contemplated being the primary caregiver for your grandchild, circumstances have changed, and you are facing this decision. Perhaps the unthinkable happened, and your own child has turned to alcohol or drugs, or your grandchild is being physically abused. Whatever the situation, your […]

What Happens to Pets in a Divorce?

Some couples never have children, and their beloved cat, dog, bird, or reptile is treated much like a child. The question is, what happens to these pets in a divorce? Can you get pet custody? Does North Carolina law treat pets like children in terms of custody rights, visitation rights, and what is in the […]

What are the Financial Implications of Divorce?

It is unfortunate that many marriages will end in divorce, and the repercussions of that split can last for years. Financial strain is one factor that often leads couples to divorce in the first place, and the couple’s money worries are often amplified by the divorce process. If you are thinking about getting a divorce […]

Does Common Law Marriage Exist in North Carolina?

Common law marriage is something that most of us have heard of, but do we really know what it is? Does this concept even exist in North Carolina? Common law marriage is a marriage that both partners’ give consent to exist, but they have not registered with a state or church or had a marriage […]

Social Media can Have a Big Impact on Your Divorce and Custody Case

Everyone has heard a story about a job seeker getting denied a job or promotion due to their online activity. Whether in the form of a questionable photo or comment, these posts on social media can be costly. However, many people do not realize the implications such activity can have on divorce proceedings and other […]

Prenuptial Agreements Growing in Popularity

Are you wondering if you need a prenup? The use of prenuptial agreements is on the rise. While it may not seem very romantic, more and more people are using these agreements to determine how property will be divided, whether alimony will be paid, and how other issues will be handled in the event of […]

Is it Okay to Date While Separated?

Dating while separated can be much more complicated than you might think. Dating while you and your spouse are separated can create complex legal issues and even damage your chances for a resolution that is in your favor. If children are involved, then dating someone during your separation could potentially affect your custody case. Judges […]

Will Divorce Impact my Child’s College Education?

It is no secret that divorce impacts the entire family, not just the spouses. When negotiating the divorce settlement, you try to keep the best interests of your children in mind. Even when children are young, you may be thinking about how your divorce will impact your child’s college education. This is something you should […]

Gaining Child Custody in North Carolina

When you are facing a divorce, it is important to be sure that your child custody agreement is part of a legally binding document, and not just a verbal agreement. Your family law attorney can help you decide which type of document is best for your situation. You have the option to enter into a […]