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Child endangerment reflects badly on North Carolina father

Children are our only hopes for the future, especially if we are parents. Many mothers and fathers have felt that they are willing to give their lives for their kids, although fortunately few have ever had to prove it. This sort of dedication often comes in helpful if parents are fighting for child custody or visitation rights.

One thing that never helps is a history of child endangerment. Other responsible parties can make a case in court that custody or visitation is not in the best interests of a child. Those are the interests that courts will always prioritize because all others are able to advocate for their own.

What is marital property in the Tar Heel State?

Some spouses end up feeling a little awkward putting all of their possessions in a shared home with a husband or wife. Little disagreements can arise over the smallest things. But that is often nothing to what can happen when people disagree how to divide all of their things in the case of divorce.

  • What is at stake when spouses divide their assets?

North Carolina recognizes marital property as anything acquired or improved during a marriage. This may include any real estate a couple bought together or any income they earned while married. Yields on investments may also be part of marital property even if the investment was made before marriage.

  • What is not considered marital property?

Marriage and divorce rates drop over a decade in North Carolina

Many parents and spiritual leaders will tell you that, of all the major decisions one ends up making in life, the right partner is the most important choice of all. The proper spouse will make success in life and parenting far easier, while the wrong match can lead to heartache and despair for more than just the unhappy couple.

Divorce is always an option for people who have determined they made the wrong decision. North Carolina is a no-fault divorce state, which means no spouse has to prove that the other did something wrong - like infidelity or abuse - to file for the end of a marriage.

What makes a parenting plan a good parenting plan?

When parents go through a divorce, one of their main concerns is making sure their children have what they need during this time of transition. For many kids, what they need is regular access to both parents and a sense of security and stability. This can come with a thoughtful and carefully drafted parenting plan.

Every North Carolina family is different, and every parenting plan should meet the unique needs and objectives of the family. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to child custody, and you have the right to address concerns that are specific to your family in your parenting plan. This includes things such as medical needs, unique work schedules and other factors that impact you or your children.

Why life insurance could be important in a divorce

One issue North Carolina couples who are divorcing may need to deal with is ensuring that there is sufficient life insurance in place. This may seem like a technicality, particularly for younger people, but an unexpected death can happen at any age, and it can significantly affect agreements regarding property division, alimony and child support.

For example, a person who is receiving alimony for 15 years might calculate how much that would be in total. The person paying alimony could then ensure that there is enough life insurance to cover this sum. The same might be done for child support. Parents should also take into account what college might cost and how much each parent would have contributed to college. It is important to keep in mind that there will be more expenses besides just room, board and tuition. The child will continue to have the same existing expenses as well.

Deciding between litigation and negotiation in a divorce

North Carolina couples who are getting a divorce may initially hope to reach an agreement on property division and child custody through negotiation. However, in some cases, they may be struggling to agree, or one spouse may simply be uncooperative. The decision of whether to settle or go to court can be a difficult one.

Settling may be the right choice for people who are short on time or money. Litigation can take months or more than a year. In addition to the preparation time, court dates tend to be set months in advance. It also tends to be much more costly than reaching an agreement through negotiation.

Art collection at stake in major divorces

When people who have developed extensive and valuable collections of art, real estate or other items decide to divorce, the fate of these assets may hang in the balance. High-profile couples in the real estate and art world have moved toward divorce, leading to hundreds of millions of dollars of prized art pieces at stake. One divorce between two major real estate investors involves $800 million of art while another pair of collectors' hundreds of millions in art has led to serious delays in finalizing the end of their marriage. In the latter case, the couple remains far apart on reaching a settlement on property division.

When both spouses have fewer assets, there may be little to fight over in court. While studies have found that upper-middle-class couples are more likely to have major disputes over asset division, the ultra-wealthy may also wrangle over the distribution of their items. This may be especially true when valuable collectors' items or art pieces are involved as each piece is individual and has a unique material and sentimental value that may be highly desirable to both parties. The judge in one recent case has urged the couple to reach a settlement by focusing on dividing the value of the estate rather than negotiating about specific pieces of their extensive collection.

Divorce rate among couples over 50 is increasing, study says

Though the rate of divorce has declined over the past two decades, studies have shown that separations among couples over the age of 50 are on the rise. In the United States, for example, the rate of 'gray divorces" has doubled between 1990 and 2010. Couples are getting divorced at older ages despite the possible difficulty associated with splitting a larger number of assets (which, in North Carolina, must be equitably distributed).

There are several reasons why more couples may be seeking divorce at an older age. For one, Americans nowadays have a longer life expectancy, which means that many people can expect to live longer after retiring A longer retirement also means couples spend more time with each other, which is not appealing to those in unhappy relationships.

The difficulties of choosing to co-parent after a divorce

One of the most difficult aspects of any divorce is deciding how to address child custody. This is an emotionally charged issue, and North Carolina parents sometimes decide that sharing custody is what will work best for their unique family situation. Co-parenting is a popular option, but there some things you may want to consider before moving forward with this choice.

Co-parenting means that both parents will share relatively equal amounts of parenting time and responsibility for the kids. This will require a commitment to cooperation and respect, which is not always easy for two people who just went through a divorce. Choosing this option may mean you have to set aside your own personal feelings and preferences for the well-being of your children.

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