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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 […]

How do I handle anxiety about divorce deposition?

A deposition is an opportunity for your spouse’s attorney to gather information and to assess the type of witness you will be if the case proceeds to trial. Feeling anxious about your deposition is normal. However, regardless of the personality of the lawyers, most depositions in divorces are generally uneventful. Remember that your attorney will be […]