North Carolina parents have important legal rights and legal responsibilities. You may be wondering: Can one simply give up their parental rights in North Carolina? The short answer is “no” — you cannot voluntarily relinquish parental rights or parental responsibilities. Instead, there must be a court proceeding in which the judge orders termination of parental …

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Going through a divorce or separation is never easy. Not only are there complicated legal questions to be addressed, but emotions can run very high. At the same time, few people want a fight over a divorce or separation. Amicable, low conflict solutions are desirable. Divorces, separations, and other family law disputes are often great …

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Adopting a child is a wonderful way to add to your family. The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reports that nearly 140,000 children are adopted nationwide each year, some through a private process as infants, others by step-parents, and some out of the foster-care system. This has raised an important question: …

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A prenuptial agreement is a contract signed by two people about to get married. It serves many purposes but principally explains each spouse’s responsibilities and rights should they divorce. North Carolina law closely regulates whether these agreements are valid. Most people imagine that prenups are needed only by the wealthy. But most people could benefit …

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Adoption is complicated and getting started can be difficult. While navigating the process can certainly be challenging, adoption does not have to be intimidating. When you know what to expect, getting through the process is a lot easier. Below, our Union County adoption lawyers provide an overview of the key steps of the legal adoption …

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Alimony Payments New regulations will make alimony payments non-taxable income for those receiving alimony payments and non-tax-deductible for those making the payments beginning January 1, 2019. Properly executed, unmodified agreements and orders executed prior to that date will retain the deductibility and taxability, respectively. The Basics of Alimony Alimony is the monetary exchange of support …

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  Questions About Child Custody As parents, you want what’s best for your children and especially so in your post-separation child custody arrangements. Many parents have questions about how they can determine the best outcome for their children to live in a safe, healthy, and loving environment.   Here are some of the most frequently …

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Spousal Support or Not? One of the many challenging aspects of a divorce is determining whether spousal support should be established. Post-separation support and alimony are utilized to help the dependent spouse maintain an accustomed standard of living. There are several things to consider when negotiating spousal support. Below are a few issues and 5 …

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  Guidelines Congress first passed federal laws establishing child support guidelines in the 1980s to accomplish three main goals: financially help children living in a single parent household; encourage payment of child support and promote consistent contact between parent and child Today, many of those same guidelines exist in order to ensure the safety, well-being, …

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