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The Law Office of Julia M. Pendleton(336) 355-8796
The Law Office of Julia M. Pendleton is a Greensboro area law firm focused in family law and divorce. We are committed to a simple goal: to help the individuals and families of our local communities resolve their legal issues as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Whether you are going through a separation or divorce, child custody dispute or any other family law-related issues, we can help you make sense of your situation, outline options and guide you toward a brighter future. Below are some of the most common types of family law issues we handle. Just because you may not see your concern listed doesn’t mean we can’t help. We encourage you to reach out, speak with Julie, and get answers to your specific questions and concerns. If you are in need of family law services in Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina and surrounding areas, including High Point, Jamestown, Kernersville, Oak Ridge, Summerfield, Browns Summit, McLeansville, Gibsonville, Reidsville, Eden and Madison, the Law Office of Julia M. Pendleton can lead, guide and direct you. Our dedicated and compassionate legal professionals have years of experience, and we want to have an opportunity to meet you.
Greensboro firm focused in family law including divorces, alimony, equitable distribution, child support, child custody, and adoptions.
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My Spouse Won’t Leave: What Do I Do? – Divorce From Bed and Board
What is a divorce from bed and board and is it an option to get my spouse out of the home? It is not uncommon for spouses to disagree about whether they should get a divorce. Even if both spouses agree to a divorce, they may not be able to decide who should move out of the house. To obtain a no-fault absolute divorce in North Carolina, the parties must be physically separated for a year. If neither party is willing to move, a frequent question of potential clients is “how can I make my spouse leave the home?” The short answer is – speak with your attorney about your specific situation. But, in situations such as this, your attorney may advise you to file a claim for divorce from bed and board. Divorce from bed and board is different from absolute divorce. A divorce from bed and board is a legal action available in North Carolina which establishes a legal separation between two parties. If successful, one of the spouses will be ordered to leave the marital residence. In North Carolina, divorce from bed and board is based on fault. Meaning, you must prove the other spouse did one […]
How to Legitimate a Child in North Carolina
Legitimation is a legal action that allows a father to claim parentage over a child. It is important to legitimate children so that they can enjoy the same rights and privileges enjoyed by children born to married parents. Effects of legitimation include: The right of the child to inherit property from the father if he dies without a will; The right of the child to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the father; The right of the child to receive child support from the father; The right to visit with the father (a child custody action may be necessary to ensure custodial time); People often wonder if an action to establish paternity in a child support case or an affidavit of parentage are enough to legitimate a child in North Carolina. Sadly, that is not the case. Below are the only ways of legitimating a child in North Carolina, depending on the circumstances surrounding the birth of the child. Children Born During the Marriage: Children born during the marriage are presumed to be the child of the wife’s husband. However, the true father may file an action in special proceedings court to legitimate the child as his own. […]
What is a Power of Attorney and Why Do I Need One?
Do You Need a Power of Attorney? In North Carolina, a power of attorney is a document which appoints some one to act as your legal agent. North Carolina recognizes both a health care power of attorney and a financial power of attorney. A health care power of attorney authorizes your agent to make health care decisions on your behalf. A financial power of attorney authorizes your agent to make financial decisions on your behalf. He or she will have the power to conduct your affairs, such as buying or selling a house, paying off debt or creating new financial obligations. A financial power of attorney can be classified as either “general” or “special” (also called “limited”). A general power of attorney gives the agent broad powers over the grantor’s legal and financial affairs. A limited power of attorney allows you to delegate specific and narrow circumstances in which the legal agent has authority to act on your behalf. For instance, you can create a power of attorney specifically to allow someone else to buy or sell a house for you. While a power of attorney can have broad powers, there are certain things which cannot be done through a […]
What You Might Have Missed on North Carolina’s Brunch Bill
The Skinny on the Brunch Bill Our friends over at the Edible Coast recently posted a blog breaking down North Carolina’s brunch bill. Today being IPA Day seem to be the perfect time to highlight the bill since many of you will be able to get your IPAs a little early on Sunday if you’re planning a late celebration. North Carolina Senate Bill 155 was signed into law by Governor Roy Cooper on June 30th and famously has become known as the “brunch bill.” The most publicized change to liquor laws in this bill allows stores and restaurants to begin selling alcohol at 10:00am. What you may not know is that local municipalities have to individually approve the bill for the ordinance to take effect in their communities. Some municipalities have not yet passed the bill including Kure Beach, Nags Head, and New Bern for what appears to be morality reasons. Some fear earlier sales of alcohol may deter some from attending church or affect the family friendliness of tourist areas. In contrast, the revenue associated with earlier sales has likely been a factor in the adoption of the brunch bill by many communities. Other changes allowed by SB 155 […]
Can I Withhold Rent From My Landlord In North Carolina?
A common question from tenants is whether or not they can withhold rent from the landlord. An example situation is when a tenant notifies a landlord of a repair that needs to be made and the repair is a type the landlord is obligated to make. If the landlord fails to make the repair, can the tenant withhold the rent? According to N.C.G.S. §40-44, a tenant may not unilaterally withhold rent from his or her landlord. However, a tenant may withhold rent if the landlord agrees in writing to the withholding. For instance, if a tenant paid for repairs the landlord is legally obligated to pay for, the landlord may send a note to the tenant authorizing him or her to withhold the amount for the repairs from next month’s rent. Unfortunately, if the landlord will not agree in writing to a reduction in rent, then the tenant will have to file a claim to reimburse the tenant for the cost paid by the tenant for the repairs or to compensate the tenant for the reduction in value to the rental property. If you file this claim in small claims court, generally, you will need to be able to prove: […]
Help for Victims of Revenge Porn
North Carolina is one of 38 states with a law addressing the phenomenon known as revenge porn. Codified in N.C.G.S. §14-109.5A, the Disclosure of Private Images law was enacted in 2015. Recent amendments that take effect on December 1, 2017 make it easier for victims to protect their privacy and punish violators of the statute. It is a criminal offense to disseminate an image depicting a person engaged in sexual conduct or depicting a person’s exposed intimate parts. Previously, the law only applied to persons involved in a personal relationship as defined under N.C.G.S. 50B-1(b). Unfortunately, this allowed strangers, one-night stands and same-sex partners to escape prosecution. The amendment has completely removed the personal relationship requirement making the revenge porn statute more effective and easier to enforce. If a person is found guilty of this crime, it is punishable as a Class H felony for adults and as a misdemeanor for minors. However, for a second offense, the minor will be charged with a Class H felony. Under the amended statute, beginning on December 1, 2017, a person is guilty of the crime if he or she: 1. Knowingly; 2. Discloses the image of another person; 3. With the intent to: a) […]
Police Involvement in North Carolina Child Custody Cases (Legislative Update)
What is the role of police in child custody cases? Can law enforcement take physical custody of a child in an effort to enforce a North Carolina child custody order? New legislation which will go into effect October 1, 2017 provides clarity on the subject; carefully defining the limited circumstances in which law enforcement may be utilized. Senate Bill 53 updates N.C.G.S. 50-13.5(d)(3) to state “[a] temporary custody order that requires a law enforcement officer to take physical custody of a minor child shall be accompanied by a warrant to take physical custody of a minor child as set forth in G.S. 50A-311.” Additionally, the bill updates N.C.G.S. 50-13.3 to state “[n]otwithstanding subsections (a) and (b) of this section, a warrant to take physical custody of a child issued by a court pursuant to G.S. 50A-311 is enforceable throughout this State.” Prior to the new legislation, courts were unsure if N.C.G.S. 50A-311 applied to custody orders issued by North Carolina courts. N.C.G.S. 50A-311 has always been understood to authorize the use of law enforcement to enforce a foreign custody order if the Court determines a child is in danger of being physically harmed or taken from North Carolina. In such […]
Can I Sue a Third-Party If They Are at Fault for My Workplace Injury?
Yes, in North Carolina, depending upon the facts of your case, you may be able to sue a third-party if they are at fault for your workplace injury. Under North Carolina law, most employers are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. In the event an employee suffers a workplace injury due to an accident that happens while an employee is operating in the course and scope of his or her employment, workers’ compensation benefits can provide for medical coverage and two-thirds of the employee’s salary (tax-free). With few exceptions, workers’ compensation benefits are the only remedy for injured employees against their employer or another co-worker. That is true even if the employer or co-worker caused the accident. However, there are third-parties who may be sued in a separate, personal injury claim. For instance, if the worker was involved in a vehicular accident while working and the other, non-employee driver was at fault, the driver could be sued in a personal injury claim. Other potential third-parties include contractors, sub-contractors, independent contractors, manufacturers, and property owners. The potential benefits of a successful third-party claim are likely to be far greater than the benefits an injured worker receives through workers’ […]
All You Need to Know About Starting a Business
A Complete Guide to Starting a Business Turning an idea or passion into a business is an exciting endeavor. In the formative stages, you must make many decisions that can prove costly down the road without careful planning. What type of corporate structure should you choose? Do you need insurance? How do you conduct day to day business? You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers and it won’t cost you a dime. How to Fund Your Business Business Loans vs Out-of-pocket How to finance your business idea is the first key decision you need to make. Financing is the undisputed champion when it comes to knocking many business ideas out cold as soon as the bell rings. Your finance option will have long term implications. Business Loans provide more capital for faster growth but almost always require that you personally guarantee the loan. If your business fails, there is no easy way to cut your losses. If you use loans from outside investors, your ownership interest may be diluted. For many entrepreneurs starting your business with your own funds means slower growth in the short term, but you can cut your losses at any time. Deciding which finance option is best […]