You and your spouse have separated. Tempers are flying high and you feel a complete loss of control over your life, and maybe your children’s lives. Your spouse won’t listen to reason and is poisoning the children. In such situations, it’s certainly easy to get caught up in all that anger, disappointment and betrayal and to believe that taking your spouse to court is the only solution. But one very important thing that many clients do not realize is how much time is involved in litigating divorce cases. It’s not just the time your attorney needs to prepare your case that clients often …Read More
Can I Be Sued for Having an Affair with a Married Person?
You may be surprised to find out that, in North Carolina at least, the answer is yes. The paramour of a married person can be sued in North Carolina under the claim of alienation of affection and/or criminal conversation. Alienation of affection is essentially a claim against someone who is believed to have taken the affections of the plaintiff’s spouse away from the plaintiff during the marriage. Criminal conversation is a claim against someone who has had sexual intercourse with the plaintiff’s spouse during the marriage. If you think the ability to file this kind of lawsuit seems …Read More
5 Reasons Why a Parenting Coordinator Might Be a Good Idea
If you and your ex are still fighting after a custody order has been entered, the fighting is likely having a negative impact on you and your family. There are several valid reasons why a great deal of conflict might linger, even though your case has been resolved. Maybe there are residual trust or anger issues. Maybe there are too many scars from past physical or mental abuse. Perhaps your former spouse has a personality disorder and is simply impossible to make decisions with. Whatever the reason, North Carolina legislators have recognized that certain kinds of custody cases require extra …Read More
Divorce Dos and Don’ts
If you’re thinking about divorce, keep these important DOs and DON’Ts in mind: DO NOT cheat on your spouse while still living with him/her! DO assume that every single communication you have with anyone – even deleted emails and texts – can be retrieved; assume that your whereabouts can always be discovered. If you think your spouse is cheating, DO NOT confront her/him. Stay quiet and hire a good private investigator. DO NOT let your spouse know that you suspect him/her of cheating unless and until your attorney gives you the okay. If you will be seeking alimony from your …Read More