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What will the court consider during my property division suit?

North Carolina is not a community property state. As such, the court will have more leeway in determining an equitable way to divide you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse's marital estate. In making its property division decisions, the court will consider a wide variety of factors.

National statistics pertaining to child support

If you're paying or receiving child support, it may be interesting to know what the current national statistics say about this topic. Indeed, considering that everyone pays a different amount in child support, and both custodial mothers and custodial fathers may be eligible to receive it, you might want to know how your particular case measures up.

Alimony payments, record keeping and taxes

If you're paying alimony each month to your ex-spouse, you should know that those payments are tax deductible. However, just like every tax deduction with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), you need to keep appropriate records to benefit when it's time to file your taxes at the end of the year.

Good news: Micklenburg County experiences decline in divorces

The last place on Earth you'd expect to get a divorce would be in a town called Weddington. Nevertheless, Mecklenburg County processes more divorces annually than all other counties in the state of North Carolina. Not to fear, however, as this is probably since Mecklenburg is the biggest county our state. Also, the good news is that divorce figures are close to record lows.

North Carolina spousal support dissagreements

When it comes to spousal support, or alimony, the paying spouse almost always wants to pay as little as possible and the receiving spouse almost always wants to receive as much as possible. To make matters worse, North Carolina law does not provide clear guidelines about how much the "moneyed" spouse should have to pay and for how long the alimony payments should last. Decisions like this will be up to a family law judge to decide.

Are shotgun marriages on the rise?

Do you know what the phrase "shotgun wedding" actually means? Apparently, it refers to a father with a shotgun forcing the boyfriend of his pregnant daughter to get married following a pregnancy. These days, the term is just a figurative expression for any couple who suddenly decides to get married after a pregnancy.

3 tips for negotiating your divorce settlement

One way of combating the stresses and costs of divorce proceedings is to try and negotiate one's divorce settlement out of court. An out of court settlement has numerous advantages, particularly the fact that it will usually save spouses a lot of money. It can also help keep the divorce process as speedy and amicable as possible. Here are a few tips to employ to promote successful divorce negotiations:

Asking for temporary alimony in a divorce

When it comes to pursuing alimony in a North Carolina divorce, many individuals are hesitant. For example, spouses sometimes think that they are overstepping their bounds, and others will judge them for asking to receive alimony from the other spouse. However, if a spouse has the right to receive alimony under the law, there is no reason why he or she should be shy to do so. Indeed, alimony laws exist for a very important reason.

How do I make changes to a child support or visitation agreement?

Weddington area parents who have gone through a divorce will have their child support, custody and visitation arrangements clearly laid out in their finalized divorce papers. However, this does not mean that these arrangements are set in stone. Parents who can demonstrate a legitimate need to change their visitation, custody or child support agreements as a result of changing life circumstances can petition the court to grant such a change.

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