North Carolina divorce laws require that a couple be separated for at least one year before filing for divorce. There are many legal issues that should be addressed during the separation period including child custody, visitation, distribution of assets, property division, and alimony. If you and your spouse are able to work together it is possible to divorce amicably.
Child custody matters can be extremely contentious, difficult issues. When parents are fighting for the right to be with their children, a court battle can be fueled by strong emotions. But when individuals have been completely denied the right to have children at all, it's a whole different story.
In a recent post, we discussed the challenges that military members in North Carolina and across the U.S. face. The divorce rate is increasing among those in the military. Yet, a recent report from a marriage psychologist who studies the topic shows that military marriages are surprisingly robust.
The divorce rate has fallen in the past few decades. Still, the U.S. Census Bureau statistics show that close to a quarter of married couples don't make it to their 10th anniversary. Around 10 percent of couples don't make it to their 5th anniversary.
Child support can be an extremely contentious issue for North Carolina parents going through divorce. Payments made to the custodial parent go toward basic expenses including food, clothing, education and health care. A recent report detailing the cost of raising a child, makes it apparent how vital it is for each parent to help financially.
Child custody can be one of the most complicated and highly contentious issues in a divorce. North Carolina courts use the "best interest of the child" as the main factor when making child custody decisions. When custody has been settled and a visitation schedule is in place there are a handful of things that you can do to help make shared parenting go as smoothly as possible.
One North Carolina county has had it with parents who aren't paying child support. With more than 100 parents on a "most wanted" list for failing to pay child support, deputies decided to crack down on them. The program is called "Operation Support Your Child."
Despite the fact that the divorce rate in North Carolina and across the U.S. has hovered around 50 percent for years, researchers report that it is decreasing. The biggest decline is among college graduates. Despite the downward trend, one group is experiencing an increase: military families. Researchers say that the two main causes that contribute to military divorces include financial difficulties and deployments.