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What's the difference between open and closed adoptions?

Several decades ago it was often the opinion of parents adopting children -- and people giving their children up for adoptions -- that it was best to keep the identities of the original birth parents confidential. As such, many adopted children were kept in the dark, and they didn't know who their original parents were. Some of these children may never have even known that they were adopted.

Is the 60-40 child custody plan right for your children?

There's a trend that's growing in family law courts throughout the United States that involves awarding two parents shared and equal custody of their children. These parenting arrangements often result in children spending half the time with one parent and half the time with the other parent. The logistical challenges of having parents live in two different homes have resulted in numerous types and varieties of shared custody arrangements, which North Carolina parents may choose to employ. This article will discuss what the 60-40 plan looks like.

3 signs that divorce mediation could work for you

Most North Carolina spouses can see the benefit of divorce mediation. After all, if you and your spouse can come to an out-of-court agreement, you will both save a great deal of time and money. However, divorce mediation is not for everyone -- particularly spouses who cannot see eye to eye.

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: Mecklenburg 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 disagreements

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.

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