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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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North Carolina Defenses Against Alimony

In Separation & Divorce, Wealth by Sarah Hink

The events that lead to a divorce can sometimes be really unpleasant. The distrust, the accusations, and the misconduct that can end a relationship can unfortunately escalate as couples proceed toward their divorce and try to resolve their legal issues. Some couples are surprised to discover that North Carolina is a no-fault state when it comes to obtaining a divorce. This means that to obtain a divorce from a judge, a spouse only needs to prove that the couple has been separated for at least a year. Alimony is different. In fact, under the alimony laws of North Carolina, if a court “finds that the supporting spouse participated in an act of illicit sexual behavior” “during the marriage and prior to or on the date of separation, then the court …

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How Does Infidelity and Misconduct Factor Into a Divorce?

In Separation & Divorce by Elizabeth Stephenson

Infidelity and misconduct in a marriage are factors given much weight in some areas of North Carolina’s domestic laws. In fact, when it happens, the first instinct in the mind of many injured spouses is to seek a divorce. Unfortunately, North Carolina is an absolute divorce state and there is no “fault-based” ground for divorce. This means that if a spouse commits infidelity or some other act of marital misconduct, the other spouse cannot use this as a basis to file for divorce and sever the ties of marriage. Nevertheless, there are several ways in which infidelity and misconduct still play a role in several aspects of a separation and divorce. Divorce from Bed and Board A divorce from bed and board is not an actual divorce, but is effectively …