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.
Moving on after a divorce is often challenging, but it is possible. Many people find happiness in a new normal - and often a new partner. Even so, connections to one's ex-spouse might still exist in a custody agreement or, in some cases, an alimony agreement.
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.
The agreements parents reach when they finalize their divorce will likely not work forever. While family courts and parents try to consider the family's future circumstances when establishing these agreements, it is not always possible to predict the future accurately.
Sharing custody of a child after divorce can be a difficult transition for any parent. However, parents and children will eventually find a new normal.
After a divorce, court orders can keep exes connected for years. And often, these orders -- like orders for spousal support -- have financial repercussions on everyone involved. As such, it is important to ensure they remain fair as circumstances change over time.
Laws impacting the Family Law realm of litigation change relatively frequently in the United States, whether it's a new state law changing the treatment of animals in a divorce or a change in how we interpret the best interests of a child.
Parents who share custody of a child know that flexibility can be crucial from time to time. There might be last-minute changes to a pick-up schedule or an isolated instance where parents agree to extend one person's parenting time for a week. Being flexible can be in everyone's best interest and keep a co-parenting arrangement amicable.
Think about the changes that you might have experienced in the last year or so. You might have started or ended a relationship, moved, changed jobs or taken a vacation that changed your outlook on life. If you're a parent, you might have helped your child through changes like new schools, new friends and navigating new life experiences.