Divorce – Who Gets the Family Pet?

Who gets the family pet in a divorce? Oftentimes during a divorce, the issue of child custody comes to mind first. However, for a lot people, pets are also considered to be members of the family and there are several things to consider in determining who gets the...

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Rule 60

What Does Rule 60(b) Do? Under Rule 60 of the North Carolina general statutes, a court may relieve a party or their legal representative from a final judgement, order, or proceedings for the following reasons: Mistake, inadvertence, surprise, or excusable neglect;...

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Stepparent Adoption in North Carolina

Stepparent Adoption in North Carolina Stepparent Adoption - Who Can File a Petition to Adopt a Minor Stepchild? North Carolina statutes specify the requirements for who may petition to adopt a stepchild in N.C.G.S. §48-4-101. The statute specifies that a stepparent...

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Can My Spouse Refuse a Divorce?

Can My Spouse Refuse a Divorce? Can a spouse refuse a divorce in North Carolina? You may have seen a few courtroom dramas on television and may be under the impression that if your spouse doesn’t “sign the papers,” that your divorce cannot be granted. This is simply...

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Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs)

Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs) What is a Qualified Domestic Relations Order? A qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) is court order that assigns to an individual the rights to certain portions of, or all of another person’s retirement plan benefits....

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Modification of Alimony

Modification of Alimony in NC North Carolina law N.G.C.S § 50-16.9 states that an order for alimony may be modified at any time by a party. The motion to modify alimony can only be made upon a showing of changed circumstances by either party or any interested parties....

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