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July 2015 Archives

Student loan debt affects marriage trends

North Carolina economists, marriage counselors and family law experts alike are all interested in the many different factors that contribute to marriage and divorce rates. After all, contemporary marriage and divorce practices continually evolve to account for societal and cultural changes. Certain types of personal debt, for instance, are playing an increasing role in when people marry, as well as why they divorce.

Child emancipation and family law arrangements

In the state of North Carolina, and others across the country, multiple family law guidelines account for the physical and financial well-being of children. Legal contracts like child custody and child support arrangements provide for the daily care needs of children, while also establishing and enforcing parental rights and obligations. Therefore, other processes like the legal emancipation of a minor can have a significant impact on many family law arrangements.

Can a child refuse to follow a visitation order?

When establishing child custody and visitation arrangements in North Carolina, the ultimate goal is to account for the best interests of all children involved in order to facilitate healthy relationships between them and each of their parents. Given that family dynamics can vary significantly from case to case, however, there are instances where children are discouraged or otherwise unwilling to follow set visitation guidelines. In such cases, it is important to understand how family law judges typically handle child custody disputes.

North Carolina child support guidelines and standards

In cases where a child’s parents live together, it can be fairly easy to calculate and divide child-care related expenses in a fair and reasonable manner. The process of accounting for a child’s financial and care needs can be more complicated, however, in instances where the child’s parents do not live together and/or are divorcing. Guidelines established by the state of North Carolina take several factors into consideration when determining how child support payments should be calculated and implemented.

What is spousal abuse?

You may assume that being in a committed relationship or marriage means that you will be involved in a fight with your partner or spouse at some point. It is true that disagreements are common and even healthy in many cases, but that does not mean that a disagreement should ever become violent or otherwise abusive. Spousal abuse is a major problem that affects millions of people across the state of North Carolina and the entire country. Acknowledging the types of behavior that can be considered domestic abuse under the law, as well as potential warning signs of abuse, can go a long way to help keep you and your family safe and healthy.

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