Do You Know What Is Not Uncommon? An Aiding and Abetting Charge

Here at the King Law Offices, we routinely come across aiding and abetting charges.  Many people who come through the criminal justice system get frustrated.  Often they end up in severe legal trouble, as a result, of what they perceive, as a minor infraction or lapse of judgment. Such actions can result in an aiding (more…)

Is a Will a Substitute for a Power of Attorney?

Different documents have different purposes as part of your estate plan. A will is not a substitute for a power of attorney because each document is designed to accomplish a different objective. If you have a will, that’s a good first step to making sure your family is taken care of if something happens to (more…)

What Are Durable and Healthcare Powers of Attorney?

A power of attorney is a legal document that gives someone else the power to make decisions on your behalf. These powers are used to save your family time and money if you ever become incapacitated or mentally incapable of handling your own affairs. Durable powers of attorney and healthcare powers of attorney have different (more…)

Is Visitation Related to Child Support Payments?

The number of overnight visits you have with your child is one factor that can influence how much you pay in child support. However, there are many other factors that affect this amount. Factors Involved in Child Support Calculation North Carolina law considers several factors when calculating child support payments, including the following: The relative (more…)

How North Carolina Courts Decide Child Custody Cases

Trial judges have significant discretion to make decisions in child custody cases. There are some general guidelines that must be followed, but the judge has a lot of power and control of the entire process. Because a judge controls a child custody case, some parents avoid court altogether and come to a mutual agreement on (more…)

Explaining Joint vs. Sole Child Custody

The terms “joint custody” and “sole custody” can have different meanings in different contexts. There is no specific legal definition of either joint or sole custody. If you have a custody agreement or a child custody order from a court, you have to follow the terms of the agreement or order. For example, if one (more…)

How to Modify a Child Custody Order

A child custody order is a binding court judgment that is enforceable by the court’s contempt powers. If you want to modify your existing child custody order, you must request the modification and get court approval before making any changes to your custody arrangement. If you violate the custody order—even if you think you have (more…)

Do Kids Get to Choose Which Parent They Live With?

A child generally does not have the ability to choose which parent they get to live with in North Carolina. In some cases, the child may provide testimony that a judge can consider when making a custody decision, but the judge does not have to abide by the child’s wishes. Ultimately, the child’s parents, their (more…)

How to Negotiate a Custody Agreement

A custody agreement is a contract between you and your child’s other parent that spells out how you will share custody of your child. These contracts can be stand-alone documents or part of a separation agreement. Once both parties have agreed to a custody agreement, it can be submitted to the court for approval. There (more…)

What is Considered Marital Property?

North Carolina makes an important distinction between different types of property that has a big impact on how that property is divided during a divorce. The two main classes of property are separate property and marital property. Separate property is property that belongs separately to each spouse. This property is kept by the respective spouses, (more…)