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Who is a “Dependent Spouse” and “Supporting Spouse” for North Carolina Post-Separation Support or Alimony Family Law Cases?

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Post-separation support has been described as temporary alimony. It is financial support paid to a person from a spouse for a specific date or until alimony is determined. Post-separation support or alimony is not awarded in ...

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Wake County Collaborative Divorce Lawyer — Raleigh Family Law Attorneys

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A large focus area for the attorneys at Maginnis Law, PLLC is the collaborative practice of family law. Everyone has heard horror stories of divorce, child custody, alimony, and/or equitable distribution that quickly turns ...

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North Carolina Domestic Violence Protection Order/Restraining Order Update

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In North Carolina “domestic violence” has a specific definition and only certain acts are prohibited. You must have a “personal relationship” to be charged with domestic violence. What constitutes a “personal ...

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Basics of Equitable Distribution — Apex Family Law Divorce Attorney

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At its most basic, equitable distribution is the court’s process for dividing property in a divorce. It is used when spouses are unable to divide their property themselves. The trial court has a lot of discretion in ...

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Legal Separation Under North Carolina Law — Wake County Divorce Attorney

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The term “separation” has a particular legal meaning when related to marriages and divorces. Marital separation occurs when a husband and wife interrupt marital relations without an actual dissolution of the marriage. ...

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Consequences of Separation of Spouses — Raleigh Domestic Family Attorney

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After separation, many family law rights should be immediately asserted or else they may be lost or waived forever. Without a separation agreement or property settlement agreement, various rights and obligations may be ...

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The Importance of Premarital or Prenuptial Agreements — Cary Family Law Attorney

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Drafting and negotiating premarital agreements (also known as prenuptial agreements) run contrary to the romantic ideal of marriage because premarital agreements contemplate dissolution. In fact, it was not until the late ...

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Cary Domestic Violence Attorney — North Carolina Chapter 50B Family Law Lawyer

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Before Chapter 50B of the North Carolina General Statutes was enacted, the only remedies for domestic violence victims were through criminal statutes. There was growing concern that these criminal laws did not provide ...

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Wake County Child Support Attorney – Raleigh Family Law Lawyer

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Child support disputes are some of the most common issues in family law cases, regardless of whether the parents are going through divorce or never married. Child support payments in North Carolina are based upon custody ...

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Apex Child Custody Attorney – Wake County Joint Custody Lawyer

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North Carolina recognizes two primary types of custody: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody gives a parent the right to make major decisions regarding the needs of the child such as education, health care and ...

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