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About prenuptial agreements

North Carolina couples who plan to get married may want to consider signing a prenuptial agreement. This is a contract that covers certain financial aspects should the marriage come to an end. Prenups are not solely for couples who have unequal financial standings or for those who have substantial wealth. They are also for couples who want to be open with one another about their finances before they get married.

How the DPPA may help a parent collect child support

The Deadbeat Parent's Punishment Act is one way that parents in North Carolina and throughout the country may pursue another parent who is not paying child support. The federal law, which was put into place in 1998, is designed to punish parents who have left the state in an attempt to avoid paying child support. A parent prosecuted under the DPPA must have not paid support in over a year and must owe more than $5,000 or must not have paid support in over two years and owe more than $10,000.

Alternatives to disinheriting a child

The decision to disinherit your child is not one that should be made lightly. On the contrary, doing so may have permanent and considerable consequences, so it is important that you carefully weigh the pros and cons of disinheritance before making the official decision to move forward.

Putting kids first when parents divorce

Although divorce is fairly common today, when a North Carolina child's parents split up, it can still be a very difficult experience. Studies have shown that divorces can have lasting emotional effects on children, but there are ways that parents can help make the process easier for kids. Some of these include opting for a method that is less contentious and being sure to keep disagreements away from children.

What a prenuptial agreement can do for a couple

When a North Carolina couple is planning to get married, it is generally recommended that they get a prenuptial agreement, especially if they are bringing substantial assets into the union. Not only will the prenuptial agreement allow the couple to have control over their finances in the event of a divorce, but it cam also protect them should one spouse pass away or become involved in a serious accident.

The benefits of divorce mediation

If you are preparing to go through a divorce, you may have visions of a long, drawn-out court battle wrought with emotion, conflict and considerable expense. Divorcing couples who do not have particularly acrimonious relationships with one another may have an alternative solution at their fingertips in the form of mediation.

The financial protection of a prenup

People in North Carolina who are getting married might want to consider creating a prenuptial agreement, particularly if there are special circumstances. For example, if one of them has significant assets that they are bringing into the marriage, they might want to make sure that those are considered separate from marital property that may be divided in a divorce.

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