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Legal Custody for North Carolina Parents

Child Custody
Legal Custody versus Physical Custody In North Carolina, a parent’s rights are divided into two categories of custody: physical custody and legal custody. When most people think of “custody”, they generally think of the right to possession of the children:…
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How Separate Property Works

Separation & Divorce
When a marriage ends, property division is an enormous issue that a couple must address to protect their rights and secure their financial future. Classifying and appraising property is no small task and the law can be complex. No matter…
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Equitable Distribution: What You Need to Know

Uncategorized
For divorcing couples, understanding how property division works can help spouses exercise their legal rights and guide critical decisions for their financial futures. When a marriage ends in North Carolina, the property is divided by equitable distribution. This is a…
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How Temporary Orders Work

Uncategorized
Temporary Orders are orders addressing immediate needs before a final order is entered in a case. They can provide stability and guidance while a legal matter is pending. In the context of family law cases, courts have broad discretion to…
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Self-Care During COVID-19

HealthLifestyle
With economies reopening sporadically across the country amid COVID-19, many people are facing difficult choices moving forward. There is a challenging balance that we must each weigh between safety, employment, and living freely. This stressful choice comes during months of…
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North Carolina’s Alimony Laws

Separation & Divorce
Alimony, or spousal support, is usually awarded as payments made following a separation or divorce from a “supporting spouse” to a “dependent spouse” for a fixed duration of time. As you can imagine, this is a great source of controversy…
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Spying, Harassment, and Divorce

Separation & Divorce
Separations are hardly ever clean. However, when a marital relationship has issues of control or domestic violence, a separation can dramatically escalating these issues. New Direction Family Law has helped domestic violence survivors for years, and sadly, we have had…
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Essential Details in a Child Custody Order

Child Custody
The separation announcement of actors Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan last year stunned many fans of the Hollywood couple, who had bought into the blissful image they had curated through years of Instagram posts and entertainment interviews. While the two…
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The Basics of Child Support in North Carolina

The Basics of Child Support in North Carolina

Child Support
Child support consists of court-ordered payments designed to cover the “reasonable needs” of children for their “health, education, and maintenance.” The issue is can be a heated one—not so much because parents don’t want to meet their children’s needs, but…
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Steps to Prepare for Your Divorce

Steps to Prepare for Your Divorce

Separation & Divorce
The prospect of ending a marriage is rife with feelings of uncertainty, fear, and discomfort. It is a major life shift and undeniable trauma. However, there are ways to feel more comfortable and confident leading into the divorce process. Some…
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Social Media, Divorce, and Child Custody

Social Media, Divorce, and Child Custody

Child Custody
YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter–Social media has created an era where people have become incredibly public in the way they express their opinions and what happens in their daily lives. Whether they film YouTube confessional videos, live stream their evenings,…
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Alimony and a New Partner

Alimony and a New Partner

Separation & Divorce
Alimony payments are intended to financially support dependent spouses after a marriage has ended. These payments recognize the duration of a couple’s marriage, their marital standard of living, the disparity in wealth and opportunity between the spouses, and the numerous…
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Supporting a Struggling Child

Supporting a Struggling Child

Parenting
As difficult as divorce and child custody issues can be for parents, it is worse for their children. Even if they had witnessed arguments and tension between their parents, they still had the stability of living under the same roof…
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Educating Your Children During the Summer

Educating Your Children During the Summer

Parenting
The “summer slide” is a phenomenon that refers to the educational regression that children experience when they are away from school during their summer breaks. A lot of education is about structure and repetition. Despite parents’ best efforts, many children…
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Summer Family Fun on a Budget

Summer Family Fun on a Budget

Parenting
The school year is pretty predictable when budgeting for your children’s education. If your child is in public school, the tuition is paid for by your taxes, while you know you will be responsible for supplies, food, extracurricular activities, and…
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Alimony and a New Partner

Alimony and a New Partner

Wealth
Alimony payments are intended to financially support dependent spouses after a marriage has ended. These payments recognize the duration of a couple’s marriage, their marital standard of living, the disparity in wealth and opportunity between the spouses, and the numerous…
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Preparing Your Children For College

Preparing Your Children For College

Child CustodyParenting
By now, you are likely familiar with the college cheating scandal that has engulfed many top tier universities across the country. Labeled “Operation Varsity Blues” by federal investigators, many wealthy parents were caught paying large sums of money to a…
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Rediscovering the Joys of Parks

Rediscovering the Joys of Parks

LifestyleParenting
As technology has evolved over the last several decades, it seems that each generation of kids spends less time outside than the previous one. If you think about it, from the time that the Nintendo Entertainment System brought arcades into…
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Living a Greener Lifestyle

Living a Greener Lifestyle

HealthLifestyle
There should be no question that adults have a duty to strive for their children to have better lives and more opportunities than the preceding generation. This generally means that adults work hard to give their children the chance to…
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Do Alimony Payments Ever End?

Do Alimony Payments Ever End?

Separation & DivorceWealth
Spousal support, also known as alimony, is a mandatory payment that a dependent spouse receives from a supporting spouse when a couple separates. It can be a significant obligation for many supporting spouses, and they have a natural financial interest…
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Helping Your Teen Through Dating Violence

Helping Your Teen Through Dating Violence

Domestic Violence
Domestic violence isn’t just a problem that affects adult relationships, it also exists in teen relationships and is considered by the Center for Disease Control to be widespread. This is a difficult situation for parents, since it comes at a time when kids want…
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Creating an Emergency Plan for Your Family

Creating an Emergency Plan for Your Family

Health
While it is unpleasant to think about, we are sometimes faced with dangers that are out of our control, such as natural disasters, car accidents, medical emergencies, property damage, or crime. The entire idea of an emergency is that it…
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A New Year Doesn’t Require Big Changes

A New Year Doesn’t Require Big Changes

HealthLifestyle
Have you ever noticed that whenever a new year rolls around, there are non-stop television, radio, and internet ads for gym memberships? Or that your physical and email mailboxes are filled with “exciting limited offers” on expensive trend diets and…
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Thinking About Materialism

Thinking About Materialism

LifestyleWealth
In the past few years, Japanese author Marie Kondo has authored numerous worldwide bestselling books, like Spark Joy and Life-Changing Magic: A Journal. These books present Kondo’s multi-step method of tidying up and de-cluttering your space, which have amassed her a huge and…
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Anti Stalking Laws in North Carolina

Anti Stalking Laws in North Carolina

Lifestyle
Stalking is terrifying, dangerous, and sometimes deadly for victims. Beyond the invasion of privacy, stalking creates a virtual prison and constant threat for a person—leaving lasting psychological damage. Because of the emotional trauma, extreme danger, and the “strong connections” between…
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