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Where Can Our Divorce Be Filed?

In Separation & Divorce by Elizabeth Stephenson

The decision to get a divorce is a difficult one, but it can also be an opportunity to head in a healthier direction with your life. In seeking a divorce, however, finality is critical to moving forward. In other words, you want to have a final, enforceable court order that dissolves your marriage or you will be stuck in legal limbo. This can only happen if the court that enters your final order has jurisdiction to do so. What is Jurisdiction? In essence, only courts with jurisdiction can hear and enter orders regarding your divorce. Jurisdiction is a Latin term that translates to “law speak” or “to speak the law.” It is an important concept, because without jurisdiction over a subject matter and the people involved in a lawsuit, a …

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Moving from North Carolina with the Children

In Child Custody by Sarah Hink

Separation is often a time of upheaval and uncertainty for children and their parents. The family unit has been split and the children are forced to adjust to living separate lives with each parent. In order to reduce the disruption that children experience, parents will often agree for the children to remain in the same home or geographic area. This is so that they have continuity in their school and extra-curricular activities, and also get to see their friends. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. One source of conflict that we see in custody disputes arises when one parent wants to leave the state. There are many reasons that we see parents leave the state: to live with their new partner, because of a new employment opportunity, or to be …