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A Resumption of Marital Relations

In Uncategorized by Sarah Hink

The decision to end a marriage is an incredibly heavy one. It signifies the end of one of your most significant relationships and the dissolution of your family unit. For these reasons, it is incredibly common for couples to reconcile at some point prior to actually going through with a divorce. In fact, because life is fluid and people change their minds about divorce, North Carolina has implemented legislation that a married couple must separate for an entire year before they can seek an absolute divorce. This means that they must be separated and live in different homes for at least a year before they can file a petition to divorce. While some states actually make couples wait a year and a half to seek a divorce, couples in North …

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Keeping Your Children “SAFE” (National Safe Day)

In Uncategorized by Elizabeth Stephenson

On June 4, 2013, 13-year-old Brooklynn Mae Mohler was playing at a friend’s house. Unbeknownst to Brooklynn, this friend had obtained her father’s gun from an unlocked kitchen cabinet. She pointed it at Brooklynn’s back, pulled the trigger, and fired a single bullet. This 13-year-old girl died senselessly as a result of this child’s access to an unsecured weapon.. To make sense of this horror, Brooklynn’s parents started the Brooklynn Mae Mohler Foundation (“Justice for Brooklynn”), which advocates for responsible gun ownership. In memory of their daughter, they also initiated National SAFE Day on June 4 to mark their daughter’s death. “SAFE” is an acronym for: S– Secure all firearms in the home A – Ask the question about unsecured firearms in the homes your child visits F – Frequently …

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Advice for a Happy Mother’s Day

In Uncategorized by Sarah Hink

If you are separated from the mother of your child, Mother’s Day can be a very emotional day. You aren’t with your children, you are being excluded from a family celebration, and you have memories of when you all used to celebrate this occasion together. It is natural to have a lot of feelings on this specific day. As a single father on Mother’s Day, we would suggest that you heed the following advice. Most custody orders and agreements account for whom the children will spend holidays with. Mothers will get Mother’s Day, while fathers will get Father’s Day. It is important to abide by any custody agreement or order. Failure to abide by your agreement or orders can have serious long-term consequences. Understand that personal-issues aside, your children need …

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What Are You Thankful For?

In Health, Lifestyle, Uncategorized by Sarah Hink

Although Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror, it is never too late to reflect. This has been a turbulent year. No matter what side of the political spectrum you fall, no one can dispute that deep ideological divisions have been exposed in this country. To make matters worse, it feels like the national dialogue is deteriorating to the point that people seem unwilling to work toward unity or constructive conversation. While negative forces and events seem to grab and keep our attention, it is important for our mental health not to lose sight of the positive. We need a chance to reflect on the good in our lives and now is a great opportunity to do so. Please heed the following advice when celebrating this holiday season. Make a list …

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Meeting With Your Attorney? Here’s How You Can Prepare

In Uncategorized by Sarah Hink

Are you meeting with your new attorney for the first time? Are you feeling nervous or unprepared? Don’t worry. At New Direction Family Law, we have represented clients for 20 years, and your feelings are completely natural and normal. But think about why you called an attorney: because you need help from a professional. Your attorney works for you, and wants to be successful in representing you. In order for this attorney client relationship to be successful, there are several steps you can do in advance of your initial meeting. If you are have been served with a separation, divorce, child custody, or child support petition, bring a copy of every piece of paper you have received. Your attorney will need this information in order to obtain records from the clerk …