Screenshot, Print, Record….Everything

When you visit your attorney’s office – whether it is your first consultation or a regular meeting to go over your matter – you want to be as prepared as possible.  Each moment you spend with your attorney should add to your case.  This applies to any area of law, but what I would like (more…)

Doing Your Own Separation Agreement in North Carolina

Separation is truly one of the most difficult times for anyone to go through. It impacts so many aspects of a person’s life. Separation does not always mean courts and judges—in fact North Carolina makes it very easy to make an agreement on all of these matters. Simply having a drafted document, notarized and signed (more…)

Procedure in South Carolina Family Court

South Carolina Family Court is not like court you see on television.  In fact, in some key aspects, it’s not even like other real courts in South Carolina.   Of course any court in South Carolina will have a judge present and the rules of civil procedure and rules of evidence will apply. However, there are (more…)

My Ex Called DSS on Me, What do I do?

There are many times when a former significant other calls the Department of Social Services on the other parent.  While the person making the report is anonymous, it can be evident of who made the report.  Unfortunately, a majority of these reports are done so in a vindictive manner.  Sometimes the report is in good (more…)

Pros and Cons of Termination of Parental Rights

If your child’s other parent has not been involved in your child’s life, of you are interested in adopting a child that has lived with you for a long period of time, you may be able to terminate a parent’s rights. In order to terminate a parent’s rights, among other possibilities, some of the most (more…)

My Ex Claimed Our Child(ren) on Their Taxes!

There is nothing more discerning than when someone else claims your child(ren) as their dependents for their taxes.  Many times you may not find out until your submission has been rejected. For many families today, especially single parents, this anticipated refund is used to help make ends meet. To eliminate the stress and confusion, it (more…)

What to Do if Your Ex Tries to Move the Kids

The only constant in life is change. Most of us don’t end up with our high school or college sweetheart. Even fewer of us stay with the same company or in the same location all our working lives, and that equals a lot of moving. Single folks can pick up and go at the drop (more…)

Winning After Death – Why You Should Get A New Will After Separation

When you separate from your spouse, you soon start thinking about the property that there is to split between the two of you, some of which you never noticed even existed. There is an overwhelming volume of things that you need to do, and last on your mind is your Last Will and Testament. It (more…)

Fighting Back – Self Defense in North Carolina

  With so much in the news in the past few years about rioting, killings, school shootings, and bullies, it may have crossed your mind to begin arming yourself more than previously, and hopefully along with your new ammunition is the law with it. It’s a common understanding that self-defense is a justification for harm (more…)

Ambiguity of Payments Toward Debt in North Carolina Divorce

It isn’t always clear where a debt comes from, or where payments come from, and Cushman v. Cushman, 781 S.E.2d 499 (N.C. App., 2016) earlier in 2016 explains: …given that it was defendant’s burden to produce evidence on this issue, we will not remand for the taking of additional evidence. This Court has long held (more…)