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Temporary Orders Protect Everyone During a Divorce

In Separation & Divorce by Elizabeth Stephenson

It is no secret that people make poor decisions surrounding separations and divorce. There are so many dynamics that make it an emotionally unstable time that even individuals with healthy coping abilities cannot help but become completely overwhelmed. These poor decisions manifest themselves in unstable and sometimes dangerous behaviors. In North Carolina, the legislature has recognized the need for stability and safety during volatile times and has granted courts discretion to enter various orders designed to establish some normalcy throughout divorce proceedings. Temporary child custody and support order. North Carolina General Statute § 50-13.5 allows a court to enter a temporary order that establishes the children’s custody arrangements during the divorce proceedings, as well as a temporary child support order to ensure that the children’s caretaker can maintain financial stability …

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Securing Marital Property During a Divorce

In Separation & Divorce by Elizabeth Stephenson

The period of separation and divorce is like an emotional tsunami. Few people are prepared to the highs and lows of the experience, which is a time of incredible confusion and stress. Unfortunately, there are people who do not handle their emotions well, or who simply make bad decisions during this time. An example of this is when a spouse intentionally wastes or destroys marital property in order to punish the other spouse. Also known as the dissipation of marital property, the North Carolina General Statutes allow for a court to consider “Acts of either party to maintain, preserve, develop, or expand; or to waste, neglect, devalue or convert the marital property or divisible property.” As part of its equitable division, the court can then enter an order that gives …