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What if My Separated Spouse Destroys Property?

In Separation & Divorce by Elizabeth Stephenson

In the heat of a separation or impending divorce, it is tempting to make a grand exit and then drop the microphone. In our experience as family lawyers, we see all sorts of bad, ill-conceived conduct by separating couples—generally targeted toward each other, toward the children, toward pets, or toward property. These acts are designed to make a statement, to retaliate, or to punish each other. Some of these actions are legitimately embarrassing, some of them unlawful, and some turn out tragic. So what happens when your separated spouse starts destroying marital property? What are you supposed to do? The answer to this question is to contact a family law attorney immediately. This is because when it comes to property division in North Carolina, there are laws in place to …

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Preserving and Protecting Property During a Divorce

In Separation & Divorce by Elizabeth Stephenson

When married couples separate in a manner that isn’t amicable, the emotions and tension underlying the separation often rears its head when it comes to settling the issue of property division. In fact, this time has a great potential for volatility and poor decision-making, in which some spouses choose to conceal, steal, destroy, or dispose of property in order to punish the other spouse. This is why if you decide to separate, your first decision should be to call an experienced family law attorney. At New Direction Family Law, we understand the unpredictable nature of separations and divorce and seek to quickly and effectively protect our clients’ interests. Seeking Injunctive Relief When a married person separates, they are entitled to file an equitable distribution claim to seek action from the …