Easy tools to make post divorce transfers easier for the kids

I’ve had several cases settle recently that involved kids, and many more that I am working on right now.  Because spouses are required to separate for one year before obtaining a divorce in North Carolina, the reality of the situation dictates that many spouses are required to deal with the children’s issues almost right away.  … Read more

How to prepare for divorce tip #11: Who moves?

Today’s divorce tip involves a commonly asked question, especially in North Carolina – Who moves?  I encourage all of my clients to at least consider the possibility of a collaborative divorce, and if you go that route, this is one of the many issues that can get worked out during the “four-way” meetings that are … Read more

How to Prepare for divorce tip #3: Account for the Family Finances

In this third of a series of “How to Prepare for Divorce” Tips, I recommend that you begin gathering information about your families finances.  One of the primary functions of the divorce process is to make a division of the assets and debts of the marriage. In order to get a fair division, you must … Read more

Amnesty for Child Support?

Tomorrow in Asheville, North Carolina, the child support enforcement office is holding an amnesty day for those individuals who have outstanding warrants for their arrest for non-payment of child support, the Asheville Citizen-Times reports. People who have outstanding warrants are encouraged to come to the child support office to make payments without fear of being … Read more

Do I need a Consent Judgment?

One of the questions I get most often is whether or not my client needs a consent judgment.  To answer that question, it probably is best to explain what a consent judgment is.  A consent judgment is nothing more than a court order that is agreed to by both parties to a lawsuit.  In order … Read more

What should you bring to your meeting with a Divorce Lawyer?

I often get asked about what documents or other information my clients should bring with them to their initial assessment with my office.  Some lawyers will tell their clients to bring “anything you thing would be helpful to help me understand your case,” although that is a pretty general statement, and doesn’t help the client. … Read more

But I don’t want to be a Daddy…

Apparently, there is a movement going on to push forward legislation that would allow men who tell their girlfriends, ahead of time, that they don’t want to be a Daddy to “financially abort” themselves from any responsibility for the child if the girlfriend gets pregnant.  At first I didn’t really believe the title of the … Read more

Why I don’t accept all clients who call me…

There are many attorneys who practice what I call “threshold law” – which means that they will accept any and all clients that come to see them.  I am not one of those attorneys.  I have seen these attorneys practice law – they miss deadlines and court appearances, are often unprepared for meetings, fail to … Read more