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December 2014 Archives

Discovering hidden assets during property division

Divorce is a commonality in all areas of the U.S. According to information on family legal issues collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 37,900 divorces in North Carolina in 2009 alone. Many of those who come to us here at the offices of Epperson Law PLLC looking to end their marriages are concerned that their soon-to-be ex-spouses will look to take advantage of them during the divorce proceedings. One of the areas where people often look to exploit their spouses during a divorce is during the distribution of marital assets. In this post, we'll examine how one can determine if his or her spouse may be hiding assets from the court during property division proceedings.

The dangers of introducing guns into abusive marriages

There are currently countless men and women both in Charlotte and across the country who are suffering abuse at the hands of their spouses. Many will often resign themselves to dealing with such abuse thinking that even though their spouses have shown a propensity for violence, the abuse will never reach a level that could endanger their lives. Sadly, many find out that this isn’t the case. The precursor to many domestic violence fatalities is often the decision by the abuser to buy a gun. According to a report by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the risk of being killed by a spouse or intimate partner who owns a gun is 20 times higher when there has been physical abuse in the relationship in the past. In this post, we’ll examine what one should do if his or her abuser buys a gun.

How can you explain your divorce to your children?

While the issues that lead to Charlotte couples seeking a divorce may primarily remain between them, the effects of their decisions often impact far more people than just the two of them. Scientific American reports that every year, 1.5 million children in the U.S. go through a divorce. While divorcing couples feel that it’s in their best interests to separate, explaining that to their children in a way that they can understand can be extremely difficult.

Paying child support through a life insurance policy

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that as recently as 2011, 23.4 million American children lived in homes where only one of their biological parents was present. Many of these households in Charlotte rely on child support from one parent in order to meet their everyday expenses. A loss of that support due to the death of the supporting parent can often leave a custodial parent in a dire financial situation.

Examining child custody evaluations

In dealing with the issue of child custody, we here at the offices of Epperson Law PLLC know full well the resolve that the family court has in ensuring that the children needs are the primary factor used in structuring a custody agreement. Should the divorcing parents be unable to come to agreeable child custody terms on their own, North Carolina G.S. § 50-91-b allows the court to appoint a parenting coordinator to perform a custody evaluation to determine the terms that will meet the best interests of the child or children involved. We’ll address in this post what to expect during such an evaluation.

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