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What Happens to a Child Custody Order After a Parent’s Death?

The death of a child’s parent presents complex legal issues in situations involving an existing child custody order or a pending custody case in court.  In North Carolina, laws and court decisions establish specific rules about what happens to a c…
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What Is the Difference Between a Postnuptial Agreement and a Separation Agreement in North Carolina?

Most people know that spouses considering divorce often enter into a separation agreement to address property division and support issues. Some married couples are not aware that North Carolina law also permits spouses to draw up a second type of a…
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Co-Parenting and Parallel Parenting After Divorce

Often, the most difficult part of the divorce process involves child custody. In many cases, both parents want to stay involved in their children’s lives. Finding a way to accomplish that can be a challenge. Co-parenting and parallel parenting afte…
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Defending Against a North Carolina Domestic Violence Protective Order / DVPO

If a North Carolina court issues a Domestic Violence Protective Order (DVPO) against you, the court order must be taken very seriously. Failing to comply with the order can result in criminal charges being filed against you. The proceedings may also…
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Understanding Domestic Violence Protective Orders and Restraining Orders in North Carolina

North Carolina law provides a court process through which victims of domestic violence can secure protective orders to restrain abusers from further acts of domestic violence against the victims and their children. A domestic violence protective ord…
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Basics of Adoption Law in North Carolina

Adoption is the legal process of creating the relationship of parent and child between two people. North Carolina, like all other states, has specific laws governing adoptions in the state. Adoption law in North Carolina is complex. Each situation ha…
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Equitable Distribution in North Carolina

When a married couple decides to separate and proceed with divorce in North Carolina, the property owned by the couple is often divided in a separation and property settlement agreement. However, if the spouses cannot agree how to divide the property…
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Emergency Child Custody in North Carolina: When Can You Get It?

Petitioning the court for emergency child custody is a very serious matter. In North Carolina, there are very limited circumstances for which a court will find justification for an emergency child custody order.
Legitimation: Kid and Dad at North Carolina Beach

Legitimation of Children in North Carolina

A child born in North Carolina to unmarried parents does not have the same legal rights and privileges with regard to the biological father as a child born to married parents. A specific law establishes a procedure to ensure that the child has those…
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North Carolina Family Law: What Same Sex Marriage Means for Domestic Partnerships and Civil Unions

Did you know that before same sex marriage was legal in North Carolina, many cities and counties in our State recognized domestic partnerships and still recognize domestic partnerships today?

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