Getting a divorce is a big deal – a really big deal. If you let yourself get divorced without knowing the legal consequences of that divorce judgement, you are only hurting yourself. In today’s episode we talk about some of the legal consequences of getting divorced so that you can decide whether you need to talk to a divorce lawyer or not.
Getting a divorce in North Carolina can have huge impacts on your future. Whether you have been married 1 year or 20 years, you need to make sure you understand what it means, from a legal standpoint, to get a divorce.
Whenever someone talks about “getting divorced”, what they are typically referring to are the legal issues that need to be resolved as part of the divorce, coupled with the end result that the person becomes legally single again. Some of the issues we address today include alimony, equitable distribution, post separation support, child support and child custody.
In North Carolina, these issues are typically resolved via a properly executed separation and property settlement agreement. To be valid, this agreement must be signed an notarized by both spouses.
If, however, you do not have a valid separation agreement when your divorce goes final, then you will lose the ability to pursue claims for alimony, equitable distribution, post separation support and attorneys fees in the court system if they have not been properly preserved. In order to preserve these claims, you must have filed a valid claim for these issues pending at the time that the divorce is granted.
Another common issue that comes up when two people get divorced is the matter of health insurance. Once your divorce goes final, you are legally single again. This means that you are no longer legally allowed to either remain on your spouse’s health insurance plan, nor are you allowed to maintain your spouse as a dependent on your plan.
All of these issues can make the divorce process extremely complicated in North Carolina. If you do have questions, or would like to schedule an initial consultation with our office, please feel free to contact us at (919) 460-5422 to schedule your consultation today.