North Carolina Family Law

Family Law Questions and Answers

Family Law Questions and Answers

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.

Who Gets the Dog (or Cat, or Guinea Pig) When you Divorce?

Who Gets the Dog (or Cat, or Guinea Pig) When you Divorce?

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.

Separation Agreements

Separation Agreements

Optimistic that you and your spouse can work your separation out prior to filing a court action?  Fantastic, I love the optimism.  Here's what you need to know to avoid the drawn out and dreaded legal process.

Can I Get Custody of My Grandkids? (Non-Parent Custody)

Can I Get Custody of My Grandkids? (Non-Parent Custody)

Believe it or not, prior to the NC Supreme Court's decision in Petersen v. Rogers anyone could file for custody of a child in North Carolina.  The neighbor next door that doesn't know what a lawnmower is?  Yep, he could have filed for custody of your kid in North Carolina prior to the Petersen decision.  Some rando stranger-danger down the block?  Yep, he could have filed for custody of your kid in North Carolina prior to the Petersen decision.

What do I Need to Know About Child Custody in North Carolina?

What do I Need to Know About Child Custody in North Carolina?

North Carolina General Statute section 50-13.1 establishes actions for custody in North Carolina.  There are a number of ways that custody can be agreed upon by the parties.  I talk further about that here.

Can I Take My Child Out of the State During a Custody Dispute?

Can I Take My Child Out of the State During a Custody Dispute?

Typically, during the outset of a separation, a party may consider moving to a new state and want to take his/her child with them to start a new life.  That may well be a very bad idea depending on the circumstances.  This blog post discusses the UCCJEA, which stands for the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act.

At What Age Can a Child Be Left Home Alone?

At What Age Can a Child Be Left Home Alone?

In the spirit of the holiday season and reminiscing about that beloved Christmas movie that all children fantasize about, I have come up with this foregoing blog post.  No, it's not about giving, or being with family, it's about being left alone.  

LEGISLATION UPDATE: North Carolina Domestic Violence Protective Order-50B

LEGISLATION UPDATE: North Carolina Domestic Violence Protective Order-50B

North Carolina General Assembly's last legislative session passed two important amendments to North Carolina's domestic violence protective order statute (50B-3 & 50B-4).  Both went into effect on October 1, 2017.