As COVID-19 continues to have a significant impact on families in North Carolina, the Wake County Family Court has taken steps to provide a safe alternative dispute resolution option for parties. In an effort to promote resolutions in family law cases while we all wait for restrictions to be lifted and the Courts to re-open, the Wake County Family Court is currently offering parties the option to participate in judicial settlement conferences for all issues, including child custody, child support, spousal support, and equitable distribution.
Whether you were just contemplating divorce prior to the coronavirus outbreak, or already in the midst of one, you may be concerned that COVID-19 will bring your plans, or your case, to a screeching halt. This does not have to be the case. While there are many things we cannot control during these stressful times, it is still helpful to remember that there are proactive things you can do now to keep your family law or divorce case moving forward.
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No one ever wants to go through divorce. But for many couples in North Carolina, this is the only solution after years of fighting and unhappiness. Just because a marriage is dissolving, however, doesn't mean a couple has to go through traditional divorce proceedings in court. In fact, mediation can offer a better experience if couples are willing to take on the challenge.
No one ever goes into marriage thinking one day it's all going to end in a flurry of arguments and divorce papers. People change, however -- it's just a fact of life -- meaning the two people who say "I do" in the beginning may not be the same people dissolving their marriage in the end.
Before making a decision about separation or divorce, it is important to find out more information about the divorce process so you know what to expect. For couples with complex property division issues or children, the divorce process can be more challenging and take months or years to be finalized.