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August 2014 Archives

Examining grandparents' rights in North Carolina

When couples in Charlotte choose to divorce, they often do so thinking that the impact of their decisions is felt only by themselves and their children. What they often fail to realize is that such a decision also affects their extended families, especially their parents who, as grandparents, have most likely developed strong relationships with their grandchildren. Many may think that during divorce proceedings, their wishes take a backseat to those of the divorcing couple. Yet as we’ll examine in this post, grandparents may also choose to involve themselves in divorce proceedings in order to protect their relationships with their grandchildren.

The state of North Carolina's definitions of domestic abuse

Domestic violence is a marital reality that far too many in Charlotte are forced to deal with. It's often impossible to define what sort of abusive actions warrant the termination of a marriage. Some may take the point of view that any abuse, be it physical, verbal, or emotional, is too much. Others may be willing to work with their abusers to help them overcome the issues that contribute to their abusive actions. While not intended to set standards on when it is okay to end a marriage, this post will take a closer look at what is defined by the state of North Carolina as abuse and what legal recourses one has at protecting himself or herself from an abuser.

How can you avoid depression following your divorce?

Dealing with the consequences of a divorce is often not nearly as cut-and-dry as many in Charlotte may think. In a recent national survey done by the National Fatherhood initiative, it was revealed that 73 percent of respondents cited a lack of commitment as the reason they chose to divorce, according to MSN Living.That perceived lack of commitment can cause a great deal of hurt on both sides, and these feelings often create a common side effect of divorce: depression.

How can couples succeed at co-parenting?

Many of the Charlotte couples going through a divorce enter proceedings with a “winner-takes-all” attitude. This attitude can be particularly prevalent when deciding on the issue of child custody. Disputes over how custody should be determined are often difficult to resolve without the intercession of the courts. Yet those parents who go into custody hearings assuming that they’ll be awarded custody often leave disappointed. Statistics compiled by the community service website Divorce Peers show that when parents take their custody disputes to trial, 40 percent of those cases end in a joint custody agreement, as opposed to only 25 percent ending with such an agreement through mediation.

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