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Men: Don't be afraid to ask for support during divorce

People traditionally think of men as less emotional and more pragmatic than women. Many people also assume men are the breadwinners in a family and play a less active role in the lives of their children than mothers do.

However, these assumptions can be off-base and damaging. They often make men going through a divorce think that they don't need or qualify for various types of support, but that is simply not true.

Dating while divorcing: What could change?

While some people decide to stay single long after a marriage ends, others feel ready to begin dating the day they file for divorce. Everyone moves on from a breakup at their own pace. The timing of romance might not be convenient if your divorce is pending, but the heart doesn't always care about convenience.

Those who are dating during the divorce or separation period should know what could be at stake. To some extent, casual dating outside of the home might have a minimal impact. However, if dating becomes more entwined in your life, there may be special considerations to make. 

3 types of property in North Carolina divorces

When people get divorced, dividing assets can be the top concern. Most spouses are scared about losing property they've helped accumulate over their careers, and many people don't know what they will be able to keep.

One way to alleviate fears and concerns about the unknown is to understand some basic facts about property pending a divorce. For instance, one crucial thing to know is that there are different types of property, and not all of them are eligible for division.

Committed but unmarried? 3 parenting decisions you should discuss with your significant other

Mothers and fathers do not need to be married to each other to be loving and capable parents. It is also becoming increasingly common for unmarried couples to have and raise children. According to Pew Research Center statistics, about 33 percent of children in the U.S. are raised by unmarried parents.

However, whether you are a single parent sharing custody of your child or you are in a committed relationship but not married, there are some decisions you will need to make that married parents typically do not have to make. These decisions protect your child and your rights as a parent, so it is wise to make them sooner, rather than later.

Seeking modification of court orders the right way

There is an old saying that the only constant in life is change. Perhaps no one understands this more than a parent does, as life with children changes every day. 

Because change is unavoidable, it can be helpful for parents to prepare for certain likely changes. For instance, if you share custody of your children or have a child support order in place, there could be a time when you (or the other parent) will request a modification. Under these circumstances, it is helpful to know how to properly -- and lawfully -- seek modification in North Carolina.

Four missteps that make high-conflict divorces more contentious

Most divorces involve conflict, but some are especially contentious. Fights might erupt at every stage of the conflict, and parties may not be able to have any conversation without one or both people getting angry.

In these situations, it is easy to get caught up in the fighting and lose sight of the ultimate goal of securing a fair outcome. To avoid this, you can steer clear of common missteps that make a divorce more contentious.

What does a mediator do during a divorce?

In any family legal dispute, you can expect there to be at least two parties who want different things. People might be arguing over property during divorce, child support payments or parental rights, so these disputes are often heated and contentious.

Considering how complex these situations are, it might seem that the only party capable of resolving them is a judge. However, this is not the case. Often, disputing parties can resolve an issue themselves with the help of a mediator. 

What happens between filing for and finalizing a divorce?

Getting divorced doesn't happen like a marriage, where you go from being single to being married in the span of one ceremony. Divorce is a process that typically takes several weeks, and sometimes months. 

With that in mind, readers should understand that this is a time of transition.  Many people going through divorce do not know what to expect from the process. Below, we briefly explain a few important things to know when you find yourself somewhere between getting divorced and divorced.

Changing your name after divorce

Getting divorced is not easy and getting through the procedural steps to obtain the divorce judgment can be an enormous relief. Once the divorce is final, you can focus on your future and the next chapter of yourlife, whatever it may bring. For some people, part of starting this new chapter includes letting go of all that might tie them to their ex-spouse, including their names. 

Changing your name after divorce is a personal decision, and it is not something everyone does. However, if you do want to change your name, then be sure you do so in the following places.

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