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What happens at divorce mediation?

A mediation is an informal legal proceeding that is facilitated by a mediator, a neutral third party.  The mediator’s sole goal is to help both sides of a dispute reach a mutually agreed upon settlement.  The mediator will not tell you what to do, will not act as a judge, and has no authority to […]

What is a temporary hearing for divorce or custody?

Temporary hearings are held to determine such matters as who remains in the house while your divorce is pending, temporary custody, and temporary support. The procedure for your hearing can vary depending upon the county in which your case was filed, the judge to which the case is assigned, and whether temporary custody is disputed. […]

How is child support calculated in North Carolina?

The North Carolina Child Support Guidelines were created by the North Carolina Conference of Chief District Court Judges to set forth the standards by which your child support is calculated.  These Guidelines are revised at least every four years to reflect cost of living increases.  According to the guidelines, both parents have a duty to […]

How does a judge decide child custody?

The judge considers many factors in determining child custody.  Most important is “the best interests of the child.” This approach is child centric and not parent centric.  It is key to understand that the judge will want to preserve the child’s relationship with both parents, while reducing unnecessary disruptions to the child’s routine.  To determine […]

Can my husband get alimony in North Carolina?

Both wives and husbands can get alimony or spousal support under the right circumstances.  The primary factors to determine availability are who is the supporting spouse and who is the dependent spouse.  The supporting spouse is the spouse who earns more money and would have excess income beyond his or her expenses.  The dependent spouse […]

Why should I use mediation or negotiation in my divorce?

A divorce resolved by a mediated or negotiated agreement can have these additional benefits: Recognizing Common Goals. Mediation and negotiation allow for brainstorming between the parties and lawyers.  Looking at all possible solutions, even the impractical ones, invites creative solutions to common goals.  For example, suppose you and your spouse both agree that you need […]

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