Keeping Your Children Out of the Middle of a Custody Dispute

In Uncategorized by Christopher R. Hicks

You adore your children and so does their other parent. Unfortunately, when the two of you are no longer a couple, there can be a great big divide between what you both believe is best for the children. Whether you split up a week ago or years ago, your children love both their parents and are doing their best to cope. They need you at your best and to be kept out of the middle of your custody dispute. Keeping Your Children Out of the Middle Take responsibility for how you choose to interact with your former partner. Regardless of why your relationship ended and how your spouse chooses to behave, you have control over your own conduct and your reactions. Your children will always remember this time period of …

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Enforcing a Custody Order from Another State

In Uncategorized by Sarah Hink

The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) is a uniform set of laws recognized and adopted by 49 states (including North Carolina). The purpose of these laws and their nationwide adoption are to provide guidance when multiple states are implicated in a child custody dispute, to address parental kidnapping, and to preempt dirty tactics in child custody disputes. These laws create a protocol for recognizing and enforcing existing child custody orders, of determining what court has jurisdiction to hear a custody matter for the first time, and for determining whether temporary orders are appropriate under the circumstances. Registration of Another State’s Custody Order If you have moved to North Carolina with a valid custody order from another state, then it would be wise to speak with a family …

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Taking Care of Your Heart Health

In Health, Lifestyle by Carly Baker

You are important and deserve to life a full, healthy life. Not only do you owe this to yourself, but to your loved ones, your children. Your heart is your body’s engine, making your heart health a vital aspect of living a full life. According to the American Heart Association, Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the country and that over 40% of the population will experience some form of the disease in their lifetime. While these are alarming statistics, there are steps you can take to monitor your heart health. Making wise food decisions. Foods that are high in saturated fat—like fried foods and fatty meats—can put you at risk of high cholesterol and can clog the arteries going to your heart. Eat these foods in …

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To Appeal or Not to Appeal?

In Separation & Divorce by Elizabeth Stephenson

If you have been in the process of a divorce or child custody dispute that went before a judge, there are probably times that you think the judge got it wrong. When this happens, you should speak with your attorney in order to better understand the process of an appeal. An appeal is the process in which a party to a lawsuit challenges a judge or jury’s order to North Carolina’s Court of Appeals—which is comprise of 15 judges who hear cases as 3-judge panels. In appealing an order, the party appealing must present legal authority, records from the trial court, and argument to demonstrate why the order should be reversed, revised, or the case dismissed entirely. Why Do People Appeal? People appeal a court’s judgment because they have a …

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Keeping Your Faith When Facing Adversity

In Separation & Divorce, Uncategorized by Christopher R. Hicks

The end of a marriage can push the strongest person in the world to their emotional limit. Divorce shatters peoples’ long-term plans, their routines, and their sense of stability—it can feel like a trap door has instantly opened beneath them. While facing this intense level of adversity, it is easy to get angry and to make decisions that are out of line with your character. But no matter how far you feel that you have fallen, always remember that you are not alone. There are friends, family, mental health professionals, and your faith to turn to. Keeping (Or Finding) Your Faith Through Adversity While religion will not necessarily give you your answers, it can offer you comfort. Beyond speaking to friends, family, or professionals, it can also be comforting to …

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Understanding STEM Learning for Young Children

In Child Custody, Parenting by Carly Baker

You adore your children and so does their other parent. Unfortunately, when the two of you are no longer a couple, there can be a great big divide between what you both believe is best for the children. Whether you split up a week ago or years ago, your children love both their parents and are doing their best to cope. They need you at your best and to be kept out of the middle of your custody dispute. Keeping Your Children Out of the Middle Take responsibility for how you choose to interact with your former partner. Regardless of why your relationship ended and how your spouse chooses to behave, you have control over your own conduct and your reactions. Your children will always remember this time period of …

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Identifying and Proving That a Spouse is Cheating

In Separation & Divorce by Sarah Hink

As a parent, you have probably heard or read the term “STEM learning” on countless occasions. You hear it from schools, you hear it in advertisements for summer camps and after school programs, and you even hear about it from every toy manufacturer when you are shopping for your children. What is STEM Learning? STEM learning refers to a multi-disciplinary approach to teaching the four core areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These disciplines reflect a skill-set and an applied knowledge base that more and more employers and industries are looking for in employees (i.e. computer science, computer engineers, coders, traditional engineers, mathematicians, and scientists). Unfortunately, the United States, which was once a leader in these areas, was found to be falling behind when American students were entering the …

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Does a Supporting Spouse Have Control Over How Child Support is Spent?

In Child Support by Elizabeth Stephenson

If you are paying child support, you understand the pain of knowing that your paycheck is significantly less every month than before your child support order existed. But you can tolerate this pain, knowing that you are doing right by your child and providing financial support. Nevertheless, it is natural to wonder how that money is being spent. In fact, the thought has probably occurred to you that maybe it isn’t all going directly toward the benefit of your children. Therefore, you might wonder if you have any control over how child support is spent. Unfortunately, the answer is that you have little to no say about how the parent receiving the support spends it. Simply put, court dockets are already stressed and overwhelmed, and the last thing the courts …

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How are Trust Funds Treated During Equitable Distribution Proceedings?

In Separation & Divorce, Wealth by Elizabeth Stephenson

Trust funds are a financial mechanism in which money or property are legally owned by a separate entity (a trust), and proceeds are distributed in accordance with the intentions of whoever created the trust. Trusts are one way that families distribute wealth amongst younger generations. If you are the beneficiary of a trust, or your spouse is a beneficiary of a trust, then the following question may interest you greatly: How are trust funds treated during equitable distribution proceedings? Trust Funds are Generally the Separate Property of the Beneficiary Spouse Generally speaking, the answer is that trust funds are considered the separate property of the beneficiary. Under North Carolina’s laws of Equitable Distribution, “separate property” is defined as “all real and personal property acquired by a spouse before marriage or …

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False Promises Can Damage Your Parent-Child Relationship

In Child Custody, Parenting by Carly Baker

If you are paying child support, you understand the pain of knowing that your paycheck is significantly less every month than before your child support order existed. But you can tolerate this pain, knowing that you are doing right by your child and providing financial support. Nevertheless, it is natural to wonder how that money is being spent. In fact, the thought has probably occurred to you that maybe it isn’t all going directly toward the benefit of your children. Therefore, you might wonder if you have any control over how child support is spent. Unfortunately, the answer is that you have little to no say about how the parent receiving the support spends it. Simply put, court dockets are already stressed and overwhelmed, and the last thing the courts …