Does Alimony hurt your ability to qualify for a mortgage?

I recently received an email from a past client that got me scratching my head. Here is the email (with identifying information removed to protect the innocent and so as not to divulge protected client information…): Hey Jim, I just wanted to let you know my current situation so that you can use it as a warning to any of your current or future clients. I have been house hunting lately and went through the […]

NC Divorce 02 : The legal pitfalls of getting a divorce in North Carolina

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. Right click here to download the mp3

5 New Years Resolutions for anyone recently separated or divorced

Making the decision to leave your spouse is extremely difficult, and not without consequences. If you are in a toxic, bitter relationship, leaving may be the best thing you can do for yourself and for your children. There are times when the grass is greener on the other side. I’ve worked with hundreds of individuals who have chosen to get divorced over the years. Contrary to what you might think, the vast majority of these […]

Should you get divorced before the end of 2013?

If you are just starting to think about getting divorced, and you live North Carolina, then you are pretty much out of luck to get divorced in 2013, or 2014 either for that matter. The process to get divorced in North Carolina is a long one, and starts with getting separated from your spouse. Once you have separated, you must remain separated for at least one full year. After you have been separated for one […]

Divorce can be a time to reinvent yourself

Maybe you are going through a divorce right now, or maybe you are just thinking about it. There are lots of things about divorce that really stink. When looked at in comparison to life’s major stressors, such as death of a loved one, losing a job, bankruptcy, etc., divorce is right up there at the top. In addition, getting a divorce is expensive. On top of legal fees, you may have to part with ½ […]

What does it mean to provide Full Financial Disclosure?

For whatever reason, a lot of my clients, and I think a lot of divorcing spouses in general, have a hard time with the concept of “full financial disclosure.” Here are the objections I typically receive: That information is from prior to the date of separation, so it isn’t relevant now My husband/wife already has all this information We are splitting everything up on our own terms, so this information is not necessary Many clients, […]

Are you thinking about moving out of state with your children?

Making a decision to move out-of-state with your child, especially if it takes them further away from the other parent, is an especially difficult decision to make. There are a number of legal issues to consider, and I recommend that you consult with a lawyer to review your situation before you make any decisions, or begin the process of moving. Here is a brief overview of the legal issues typically involved with a move out-of-state. […]

It’s that time of year again… Divorce and the Holidays

As we flip to the last page of the calendar for 2013, a topic comes to mind that I know is front and center for a lot of my readers. Divorce and the holidays. If you are thinking about divorce, or even going through one already, this can be an extremely difficult time. Perhaps this is your first holiday season after a divorce? Perhaps you just recently separated and are concerned about how much time […]

Should you go to court? How do you decide?

Getting a family law or divorce case to settlement is a long, windy road, with lots of points along the way for you to turn off and settle your case. But how do you make that decision?  Should you go to court?  How do you know when it is time to settle your case? The answer to those questions is difficult and one that you will need to talk to your lawyer about, but here […]

Do you know what your divorce lawyer is charging you?

Legal fees can be tricky, even for us lawyers.  If you go to see a lawyer, they may quote you a “fee”, but what types of legal fees is it that they are asking for?  You need to make sure you understand the fees you are paying a lawyer – what they are and what they aren’t.  Here is a quick rundown of the fees that divorce lawyers in North Carolina will typically charge.  If […]

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