Therapists’ Role in Child Custody Cases

Child custody cases are complex and difficult for everyone involved. Many families going through custody proceedings choose to involve a therapist to provide additional support to the children during this time. The role of the therapist in these cases can often become blurred or confusing. During a time when everyone involved needs support, clarity regarding […]

6 Ways a Private Investigator Can Help Win Your Case

Private investigators (PIs) play a key role in a wide variety of civil cases.  Choosing a thorough and competent PI firm can result in discovery of facts that can make or break your case.  With the use of cutting edge technology, such as GPS trackers and aerial drones, it’s becoming harder to erase evidence of […]

Modifying Child Support:  Do I Really Need to Get the Court Involved?  Can I Do it On My Own?

Our office is often asked by clients if they can unilaterally deduct or reduce their monthly child support payment without a court order permitting them to do so.  Below are three common examples of situations in which a parent paying North Carolina child support seeks to reduce their payment and why this can be a […]

Civil Separations: Part 3 – Collaborative Divorce

Rounding out our series on separating civilly, the relatively new process called collaborative divorce has firmly established itself as a viable option for couples looking to separate without the nasty contentiousness of litigation. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, collaborative divorce is a non-adversarial and private process by which couples can […]

Civil Separations: Part 2 – Questions to Consider

As we discussed in Part 1 of this series, in a separation, if both spouses are willing to work together honestly to reach a resolution, it can be economical to discuss and agree on terms before seeking an attorney to draft a written agreement.  An attorney should be sought to review the terms, provide advice […]

Civil Separations: Part 1 – It Pays to Be Civil

If you and your spouse are contemplating a divorce, you probably know separation can be a financial burden.  Separating one household into two adds substantial expenses to the same income pool.  Adding legal expenses on top of increased childcare expenses and/or an additional rent/mortgage payment can make the prospect of separation a full-on financial crisis.  […]

Local Rules: What They Are, How to Find Them, and Why You Need to Know Them

If you’ve ever appeared pro se in a family court matter, chances are you’ve heard either opposing counsel or the Judge mention the “local rules” and how they apply to your case.  An unfortunate few may have been subject to civil penalties for violating a county’s local rules.  Despite the impact a lack of familiarity […]