What simple divorce generally means is that the only claim being filed is for the divorce itself. If there are no other issues that need to be determined, such as property division or child custody, then all you will need is a simple divorce. If you need a simple divorce, you can do it yourself. […]
I live in Hampstead, North Carolina. My husband and I are separating. What is a separation agreement and will we need one?
In some situations, a separation agreement can be a great opportunity to protect your legal interests and save money. A separation agreement is a written and signed agreement between the parties resolving issues such as division of marital property, custody and spousal support. When the parties do eventually file for divorce, the separation agreement can […]
Many of my clients share the same concern when it comes to separation and divorce. They have been living separately from their spouse for some time, but have not filed for “legal separation”. They are concerned that this will prevent or delay their divorce. North Carolina law requires the parties to have lived separate and […]
North Carolina Family Lawyer: Rule 1 - Do No Harm Divorce and custody cases can be heartbreaking and painful. They are almost always emotionally and legally challenging for all of those involved. Because most divorce and custody cases are emotionally charged disputes, your lawyer must be careful not to add fuel to the fires of […]
Wilmington Divorce Attorney Ashley Smith Is it absolutely necessary? When considering divorce, it is important gather information and consider it carefully. At Speaks Law Firm, we don't encourage divorce. We don't take it lightly. We understand how families are affected. However, if divorce is inevitable, we want you to know what to do in order […]
What Causes Divorce? There are lots of different causes for divorce. Every case is different. However, in my experience three factors contribute more than most. First, constant disagreement over financial issues causes many marital problems. Income, expenses, savings, investments and college funds can be sources of dispute. I find this to be especially true when […]
Our grandmothers were homemakers. They were cooked, cleaned and cared for children. Men worked. After a long day they sat down, put their feet up and read the paper. They watched the news and played golf on Saturdays. Our parents’ generation was different. Many women went to work. Still, they had a larger share of […]
My husband and I have been married for four years, and now I have suspicions that he’s been cheating on me. Do I confront him about his actions?
Confronting him may seem like a satisfying way to vent your anger, but it’s not usually a helpful approach. You admit now that you have “suspicions,” but perhaps no real proof. What will you do if he denies your accusations? What happens if he comes up with a plausible explanation for any evidence you have […]
I am 20 weeks pregnant with my first baby. My boyfriend left me a few days ago, saying he wants nothing more to do with me or the baby. What are my legal rights? I can’t afford to pay for all the stuff the baby will need.
There’s no reason why you should have to take on this burden alone. It takes two people to make a baby, and both of them are legally responsible for the child’s wellbeing. Your ex-boyfriend no longer has the chance to “opt out” of parenthood. The fact that you aren’t married will not penalize your unborn […]
My fiancé says we should have a prenuptial agreement before we get married. Is this really necessary? It seems unromantic to me.
Let’s answer the last bit of your question first: Yes, it’s probably unromantic. But that’s only to be expected—love and romance aren’t practical things. They tend to be all consuming. They are focused on the here-and-now and don’t look forward to the future. And—let’s face it—sometimes romantic love doesn’t last. Bedazzled as you are right […]
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