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Same-Sex Couple Sues NC, Changes Birth Certificate Policy

When federal courts defeated countrywide bans on same-sex marriage, future birth certificates for children of same-sex couples were supposed to include the names of both parents. It also opened up the ...
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Tips for Winning Custody of your Child

In North Carolina, a court will decide the terms of a child custody agreement based on what reflects the best interests of the child. Generally, this can mean that the terms which see a child’s ...
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Steps to Successfully File for Divorce in 2016

Sometimes coming to the decision to file for a divorce is surprisingly easy, you and your spouse both know that your marriage must be dissolved for you to continue to be happy. Sometimes it is one of ...
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Understanding the Nature of Domestic Violence

Has your partner been physically hurting you? Do you feel like he/she is always playing mind games in an attempt to control you? If so, you may be a victim of domestic violence. This term applies to ...
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Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

On June 26 th, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states, and controversy immediately sprang up around the decision. People from coast to coast were ...
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Sperm Donor Ordered to Pay Child Support

Five years ago, a Kansas man responded to an ad he saw on Craigslist posted by a lesbian couple seeking a sperm donor. He said that he wanted to help them out. The man donated for free, and he signed ...
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How to Approach a Divorce Settlement

Most divorces will end in a settlement, not in some dramatic courtroom setting. And that is good news, as this gives most couples the chance to end things amicably and quickly. If you are going to get ...
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Prenuptial Agreements FAQ

What exactly does a prenuptial agreement do? For one thing, a prenuptial agreement does not have to mean that you are already thinking about the possibility of a divorce. It actually can include ...
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Fathers' Rights for Child Visitation and Custody

It is the right of the father of a child to have visitation and custody rights, whether or not you were present at the time of the birth of your child. Perhaps your wife kept the baby a secret after ...
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Child Emancipation Basics

The reasoning's behind a child desiring to emancipate themselves from their parents vary from family to family, though in the state of North Carolina, a child has the right to legally part ways ...
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Divorce or Separation?

While certain couples may be suffering with martial problems, they may not be ready to make that official step of the divorce. For this very reason, the process of separation has been designed to give ...
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Equitable Distribution Frequently Asked Questions

In the event that you and your spouse have decided your marriage is coming to an end, understanding how your property is divided in divorce is absolutely crucial. In the majority of states across the ...
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Financially Starting Over After Divorce

A divorce can be a hard experience to walk through both emotionally and financially. The physical act of getting used to having a dual income to living off of just your own can be overwhelming as ...
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Is Divorce Really Harmful for Your Children?

With half of marriages coming to an end, there are about 1.5 million children annually who experience their parents going through a divorce. At the time of the split it feels as though their world may ...
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The Connection Between Alcohol & Divorce

Alcohol in of itself is not a bad thing as it can be used to celebrate life events, take a load off at the end of a rough week, or to add a touch of romance to your night with the one you love. ...
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Planning Your Prenuptial Agreements Before the Wedding

If you and the love of your life have decided to officially tie the knot in a legal marriage, there are obviously many different factors that you will have to work through in order to be prepared to ...
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Categories of Divorce in North Carolina

If you are considering a divorce in the state of North Carolina, it is helpful to have a basic understanding of the various different categories that your divorce can fall under. Filing for a divorce ...
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What to Do When Your Ex Destroys Your Credit

If you divorced a spendaholic, then you may have been able to pass all credit card debt onto him or her at the end of the divorce. But what happens if the spouse who takes responsibility for all debt ...
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The Different Joint Custody Arrangements

If you and your ex-spouse have joint custody of the kids, you will have to figure out how you are going to work out a sharing schedule. If your child is in school, chances are that one parent will ...
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Divorce and Finances: Tips to Remember

If you are getting a divorce, then you may want to think about your financial knowledge. Divorce involves a lot of money matters, and if you aren’t prepared you might find yourself in a pickle. ...
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Third Party Visitation: Do I Have the Right to Visit?

When parents divorce, it inevitably splits a family apart. But it also splits apart friend groups that used to spend time together. You may have a dear friend in your life who is not a family member, ...
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Can You Stay on Your Ex's Health Insurance After Divorce?

When people are about to go through a divorce, they have a plethora of questions on their minds. These questions may include: How long will the process take? Who will get custody of the kids? How will ...
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Qualifying for an Annulment

Are you curious about whether you qualify for an annulment? While each state has its own laws regarding annulment, they are based on some of the same principles. Unlike a religious annulment which ...
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Property Division and Retirement Benefits

Getting a divorce? You are likely in the process of sorting your property from your spouse's property. What you may not be aware of is that benefits that you and/or your spouse receive may also be ...
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Divorce: The Process and The Petition

Once you have decided to seek a divorce from your spouse, there are certain things that must be done in order to file properly. It is important to understand the filing process and what is included in ...
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