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Types of Child Custody Orders and When You Need Them

Whether you’re going through a divorce or are splitting up with your partner and share children, custody can be an emotional and complex issue. Importantly, custody isn’t just about where the children will live — it also concerns who wi… Read More
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How to Establish Paternity in North Carolina

When a child is born to married parents in North Carolina, the law presumes the mother’s husband to be both the biological and legal father of the child. However, if the child was born out of wedlock, paternity must be legally established for the f… Read More
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How is Alimony Determined?

One of the most contentious issues couples might face when divorcing is alimony. Also known as spousal maintenance or spousal support, alimony is paid by the higher-earning spouse to the financially dependent spouse. Although it may seem like a strai… Read More
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Divorce from Bed and Board in North Carolina

Divorce can be a difficult decision that affects every aspect of your life. Not only can it have an emotional impact, but a financial one as well. If you’re considering ending your marriage, it’s important to fully understand your legal rights … Read More
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Can You Move Out of State Without a Child Custody Agreement or Modification?

With the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020, our family law attorneys at The Twiford Law Firm are at the forefront of helping parents face a host of new challenges. A frequent question from our clients is whether a parent can move… Read More
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North Carolina Restraining Order: How Will It Impact Your Divorce?

A North Carolina restraining order between spouses is called a domestic violence protective order. When a spouse obtains a protective order against the other spouse, the order can potentially affect every aspect of a subsequent divorce. The effect in… Read More
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Child Visitation During the Coronavirus (Covid-19) — 3 Guidelines to Follow

Parents in North Carolina are struggling with many worries during the coronavirus pandemic. For divorced and separated parents, a common issue is how to handle visitation of a child. Clear guidance comes from the state’s laws and courts. The single… Read More
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Relocation of Children Af…

Relocation of Children After a North Carolina Divorce

After parents divorce and resolve custody matters, what happens if a parent wishes to relocate a child? If North Carolina is the home state of the child, state courts have jurisdiction over issues relating to the relocation of children. A court will… Read More
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Annulment of a Marriage in North Carolina

Laws in the State of North Carolina provide two legal processes for requesting a court to declare the end of a marriage: divorce and annulment. While most people understand divorce proceedings, there are many misconceptions about annulment of a marri… Read More
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How Does a Judge Determine Child Custody in North Carolina?

When parents separate, child custody and visitation pose difficult and emotional questions. While parents often can reach an agreement on these critical issues, a court makes the necessary decisions when the parents cannot. In our family and domestic… Read More
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