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Parenting During Separation & Divorce

2016-12-06T10:21:14+00:00 December 6th, 2016|Divorce in North Carolina, Parenting and Co-Parenting, Springfield Collaborative Divorce News|

Guest Blog by Michelle Topal, MSW, LCSW The Impact on Children Separation and divorce is a difficult, painful process for everyone involved. It usually precipitates significant change and loss, and triggers in most people deep feelings of failure, lack of control, rejection and abandonment. Many things have been written about the impact the change to the [...]

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Living Arrangements for Separated Couples Can Have Legal Ramifications: Tread Cautiously

2016-11-16T18:19:03+00:00 November 11th, 2014|Collaborative Divorce, Divorce in North Carolina, Featured|

In North Carolina, you can't get divorced until you've been physically separated for at least a year. During the separation period there's a need for two homes while you're still married. If you rent an apartment as the second home, then it can be relatively simple. But if you want to buy a second home [...]

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How Much Does it Cost to Divorce in North Carolina?

2016-11-16T18:19:04+00:00 April 30th, 2014|Divorce in North Carolina|

Divorces are expensive. But don't take our word for it. Here are a few true stories. Example #1: Divorce Litigation According to public record, Joanne Simon's divorce in Iredell County, NC, cost approximately $288,000. Her ex-husband spent another $200,000-$250,000. The couple owned a large marital estate—approximately $2 million. The court awarded each about $1 million. [...]

What to Expect During an Uncontested Divorce Proceeding in Wake County

2016-03-16T14:02:20+00:00 April 30th, 2014|Divorce in North Carolina|

Wake County offers two different types of divorces: Clerk's Default Divorce Summary Judgment Divorce Both types have the same legal effect. They differ in the type of motion filed and whether there is a hearing or not. All divorce petitioners can file for a Summary Judgment Divorce, while only certain types of cases can proceed [...]

What Do Mothers Need to Know About Divorce in North Carolina?

2016-11-16T18:19:04+00:00 April 25th, 2014|Collaborative Divorce, Divorce in North Carolina, Parenting and Co-Parenting|

Divorce is tough on both parents and children. For moms there's an awful experience of what we call "premature separation" from their children. Even after children turn 18 and head off to college, it's hard to adjust to having the children out of the house. It's really hard to have the children out of the [...]

Do You Have to Go to Court for a Divorce in North Carolina? No, You Do Not!

2016-11-16T18:19:04+00:00 February 28th, 2014|Collaborative Divorce, Divorce in North Carolina|

The matrimonial statutes in North Carolina are a complex web of legal rights and entitlements that arise out of the antiquated notion that while you don't need the court's permission to get married, you have to have the court's permission to get un-married. These days, you have to show the state that you've been separated [...]

What is the Average Cost of Divorce in North Carolina?

2016-11-16T18:19:04+00:00 January 5th, 2014|Collaborative Divorce, Divorce in North Carolina|

The total cost of a divorce, including attorneys fees, court costs, real estate transfers, and consultant fees varies so widely for any particular couple, that an "average" cost is almost impossible to calculate. The reason being is that there are many different factors that influence the cost. I once heard that a prominent area divorce [...]

Planning for Divorce Part 2: What Are the Necessary Conversations

2016-11-16T18:19:04+00:00 December 19th, 2013|Divorce in North Carolina, Parenting and Co-Parenting|

Once you have decided what your conversations will look like, you can move on to the more substantive conversations. Will we separate and will it be a trial separation or a permanent separation? Typically one spouse has a greater desire to separate than the other. Raising the possibility of a separation can be a difficult [...]

Planning for Divorce Part 1: Choosing How to Have the Necessary Conversations

2016-11-16T18:19:05+00:00 December 19th, 2013|Collaborative Divorce, Divorce in North Carolina, Parenting and Co-Parenting|

When people research what it means to move toward separation and divorce, the first search topic is the law. Of course the Internet has vast amounts of information on North Carolina divorce laws. However, the laws that govern equitable distribution of marital property, alimony, and child custody are broad outlines of what a court would [...]

How to Avoid Divorce Court

2016-11-16T18:19:05+00:00 December 2nd, 2013|Collaborative Divorce, Divorce in North Carolina|

Arbitration. Mediation. Negotiated settlement. They sound like good ways to avoid divorce court. Unfortunately, in North Carolina, these non-court options fail families in many of the same ways that court fails families. Why? Because these alternatives continue to be adversarial and use the same standards as divorce court when trying to evaluate offers and proposals. The [...]

Mediation and Collaborative Divorce

2016-11-21T20:56:57+00:00 June 21st, 2013|Collaborative Divorce, Divorce in North Carolina|

Collaborative divorce has been a statutory alternative in North Carolina for over ten years. However, this option, which aims to be a healthier process than court for couples going through divorce remains underutilized, and many members of the family bar continue to resist embracing the process as a valid alternative to more adversarial divorce. A [...]

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