When there are problems in a marriage, children are usually well aware of the less-than friendly atmosphere. The fact that you and your spouse are contemplating divorce typically is not a secret. Because children are keenly aware of what goes on around them, parents should make an effort to sit down with their children and have an age-appropriate conversation.
Life can sometimes involve making difficult decisions. Unfortunately, some of us may have the unpleasant experience of having to file for divorce. Statistics show that approximately 4% of North Carolina residents will file for divorce. Perry, Bundy, Plyler, & Long, LLP, a divorce attorney in Monroe NC, will look out for your best interests when faced with this decision.
The type of attorney needed for divorce will be one who has experience in the area of family law. Family law practitioners focus on areas that include divorce, alimony, child custody, child support, equitable distribution, etc. Those who have made the decision to file for divorce should retain an attorney who is familiar with these issues.
Social Media today plays a bigger role in divorce cases than people would suspect. Courts, in most cases, do not recognize anything posted online as private.
Attorneys and Judges admit pictures, comments and videos gathered from social media sites as evidence in court.
At Perry, Bundy, Plyler & Long, LLP, our divorce lawyers in Monroe NC handle divorce cases every day. We know that there has been a sharp rise in the past few years in the amount of online evidence presented in divorce cases. In fact, over a third of all divorce filings last year cited social media sites either as one of the causes of divorce, or as evidence to be used in settlements. We don’t want you to stop networking online; however, we do advise you to be cautious about what you say.
Does Your Child’s Safety Depend on Immediate Intervention by NC Courts?
It is an unfortunate reality that many parents face situations or circumstances that they feel need the Court’s immediate attention to ensure the safety of their children. When such situations arise, a parent may need to seek emergency custody of their child.
These days you can find forms for all sorts of legal matters, particularly divorce and separation agreements. Many people try to use the fill in the blank agreements purporting to handle their property and debts, deal with alimony, child custody, and the child support issues.
If you are making the difficult decision to part ways with your spouse, you need to make sure you speak with an experienced lawyer who can advise you throughout the entire process. Below are a few steps that are on the path to file for an absolute divorce in North Carolina.
When couples decide to separate, it may be in their best interest to consider a separation agreement. Separation agreements are great tool for couples who have unique circumstances they would rather work out on their own without interference from the courts.
A separation agreement is a binding a contract between the parties that usually includes:
- Post-Separation Support
- Property Division
- Marital debt division
- Child custody and child support (if you have children)
In North Carolina, most judicial districts require couples to attend mediation as part of the divorce process. Mediation allows couples to resolve disputes through a neutral third-party, the mediator. Mediators do not give legal advice. Instead, they facilitate negotiations and help the couple reach a fair settlement.
While every mediation is different, here are the basics of what to expect from your mediation session.
Sometimes couples find that, despite their best efforts to keep a marriage together, it is in everyone’s best interest to separate. Once that tough decision is made, it is time to start deciding how to divide up their lives.
A separation agreement is typically used to document how a couple will divide property, debt, financial (spousal) support, and at times child custody and support.
North Carolina law does not require separating couples to have a separation agreement, but it is always wise to have everything in writing, signed and notarized. A separation agreement can also save time and money over court costs and legal fees down the road.
While some couples may decide to negotiate their separation agreements themselves, which can be very dangerous, we think that an experienced divorce attorney is a “must have” when negotiating a separation agreement.
Get to know your local Monroe, NC attorneys at Perry, Bundy, Plyler & Long LLP.
Ellie Bragg joined Perry, Bundy, Plyer & Long in 2015 after graduating from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2015. Ellie focuses on family law, criminal law and traffic tickets, and civil litigation.
Here is our interview with Ellie:
What are your favorite types of cases to take?
I enjoy the cases where I really get to know the client. Typically, in a family law or criminal matter I get the opportunity to form a relationship with the client and even their family. I value those relationships and hope to build trust with my clients. I get the most satisfaction when I truly know that someone walked out of my office in a better position than they walked in.
What do you love about living in Union County?
I have lived in Union County almost all of my life. I attended Benton Heights Elementary, Monroe Middle and graduated from Monroe High School. I love how small-town Union County feels, yet we are growing every day. I love the people who make up this county and the community support I am able to experience not only in my professional life but personal life as well.
Did you always want to be a lawyer?
I knew I wanted to be a lawyer since I can remember. Growing up with a father as a judge, I had the unique experience to grow up in the courthouse, literally. I would spend many teacher workdays or holiday breaks in the court room watching how everything worked. I loved watching the court system back then and I consider it to be a privilege to be a member of our local bar now.
What’s your favorite place to eat in Monroe?
For a quick but delicious lunch, I love to walk right down the block to Stone Table – their daily taco specials are to die for! For dinner, my husband and I love to walk to Crust and Jam, best wings in town – hands down!
We know you are active in the American Red Cross. Can you tell us a little about your work there?
I serve on the Board of Directors for the Southern Piedmont American Red Cross. I chose to serve this organization because I believe in their mission. Whether it a house fire, a natural disaster or a small child needing blood, the American Red Cross is always there.
What is your favorite Saturday afternoon activity?
I enjoy hanging out with my husband, Will, our dog Raleigh and cheering on the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Where would you love to travel to?
Beach or mountains?
What book are you reading?
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
Why should a client work with Perry Bundy?
Perry, Bundy, Plyler & Long can help you and your family through any legal obstacle from a traffic ticket to estate planning. Our approach is on apersonal level where we really aim to get to know our clients while earning their trust and keeping their best interests a priority. We are proud to live in and serve Union County.
To schedule a consultation with Ellie Bragg or another Perry, Bundy, Plyler & Long LLP attorney in Monroe, contact us at 704-289-2519 today.