Our guest blogger today is Courtney Barbee from The Bookkeeper in Raleigh, North Carolina. Courtney was gracious enough to provide us with a better understanding of what impact on Alimony the tax changes starting in 2018 will have. The Bookkeeper is a family-owned local business that specializes on accounting solutions.
Interactions with clients that have family law issues produce issues and questions that frequently arise. In this installment of our family law blog, we are going to discuss some of the more common questions that I have received over the years regarding family law. Questions asked by multiple people, independent of each other, are asked for a reason. That reason is that there is a lot of misinformation out there. Let's clear some things up.
Today I'm going to try something different and, hopefully, fun. I came across a hypothetical a couple weeks ago regarding a couple, two dogs, puppies, and divorce. Lots of interesting issues that all involve equitable distribution. After all, pets are property in North Carolina.
When I say 'be cognizant of evidence' I mean evidence that can work for you against your spouse and evidence that can be used by your spouse against you. If you are doing something illegal, stop doing it. If you have a problem, take the necessary steps to correct it and document the steps you've taken to show you've bettered yourself. If your spouse has a problem with drugs or alcohol, make sure you are able to prove it in court.
When parties are separating there are going to be questions as to who takes what and who is entitled to what. One of the first things that parties should ask is who is entitled to what money in the bank accounts? That depends on whether or not the money is marital property.
When most people think of annulling a marriage they immediately think a Vegas wedding and obtaining the annulment within a certain period of time after the marriage. In actuality, an annulment in North Carolina is much different.
Now there is a phrase that pretty much sums up most separations and divorces. Did you know that within family law, and any area of law for that matter, that contempt plays an important, but sometimes confusing role? Let's chat about contempt as it applies to the law and we'll leave the Oxford English Dictionary definition alone.