Family Law

4 Things to Consider Before Asking for a Divorce

Divorce can be a stressful time.  It is a decision that will affect you and your loved ones for a lifetime. When you have decided that you want to move forward with obtaining a divorce, there are a few basics questions to consider. 

1.  When can I file for divorce?

The required period of separation is one year from the date of separation in North Carolina, regardless of whether minor children were born of the marriage.  

2.  When should I meet with an Attorney?

Divorce Rate Increases the Beginning of a New Year

Forget Black Friday, Black Monday is Here

It is very interesting to note that in January, the rate of divorce filings increases dramatically beginning on the first Monday after the New Year.  Statistically speaking, divorce filings will spike in January and remain high through March.  So why January you may be thinking?  Is it those New Year’s resolutions?   Was in-law Aunt Bethany’s extended visit over the holidays the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back? 

How to Prepare for a Divorce

Divorce can be a stressful time.  It is a decision that will affect you and your loved ones for a lifetime.  When you've decided that it's time to move forward with obtaining a divorce, there are four basics questions to consider. 

When can I file for divorce?

The required period of separation is one year from the date of physical separation (living separately) in North Carolina, regardless of whether minor children were born of the marriage.   

When should I meet with an Attorney?

Post Separation Support & Alimony

Are you wondering whether you would be eligible to receive, or perhaps, be required to pay post-separation support and/or alimony in the event you and your spouse separate?  

Under North Carolina law, spousal support is available to spouses who are economically dependent. Our general statutes define “dependent spouse” as “a spouse, whether husband or wife, who is actually substantially dependent upon the other spouse for his or her maintenance and support or is substantially in need of maintenance and support from the other spouse.”