Tag Archives: equitable distribution

Pre-Nup or Post-Nup for the Pooch

One thing you can say about people in Wake County is that they love their dogs. In fact, in an equitable distribution or divorce action, “dividing the dog” is something that comes up more often than most people realize. There is an old joke about a man who is sitting in a bar telling his […]

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Firm Overview

Family Law Services Family Law includes most legal matters concerning children and the family. Sometimes these areas are difficult to define, and the law is constantly changing and expanding. Some of the traditional areas Bender LeFante Law Offices handles include the negotiation, trial, and preparation of: Alimony and Post Separation Support Annulment Child Custody Child […]

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What is Marital Property?

One of the difficult areas people face when going though a separation and divorce is the valuation and distribution of property. The law of North Carolina states that upon separation, either party may petition the court for equitable distribution of marital property. (N.C.G.S. §50-21) Separation begins when a couple lives separate and apart from each […]

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Frequently Asked Questions About International Family Law Issues

International law is a complex area. Most matters concerning legal actions by citizens of different countries are controlled by various treaties and treaty obligations. However, in the United States, unlike other countries, the family law differs from state to state and is not a federal law. For that reason, there is no interpretation of the […]

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Frequently Asked Questions About Property Issues

What Is Martial Property? Marital property is property acquired by either or both of the parties during marriage, other than gifts from third parties or an inheritance, which is owned by the parties on the date of separation. It includes both assets and debts. So long as the asset or debt was acquired during marriage […]

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Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce

What Is A Divorce? A divorce, known as an “absolute divorce”, is an absolute and final termination of the marital relationship between two people who have been legally married. There are other terms which some people mistakenly call a divorce, but which have a different legal meaning such as: Separation: A separation begins when two […]

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Dividing The Family Business

Here’s a little story about Jack and Diane.  Jack opened his own plumbing supply business a few years before he and Diane married and was able to ride the wave of Raleigh development.  His business did so well that when the youngest child started kindergarten he agreed to send Diane to law school.  Diane had […]

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How to Prepare for Difficult People

How is your holiday going? If you separated or divorced this year, you need to make advance plans on how you will cope with difficult people during the holidays. So when nosy Aunt Ruth asks how much alimony you are getting or cousin Ralph tries to tell you how to hide assets to make your […]

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What to Expect When You Come To See Us

Family Law is unlike any other field of law in that there is a melding of emotional and logical thought. Regardless of whether you are the actor or reactor in the divorce situation, you are in an incredibly emotional place. Because most marriages begin in love, the breakup of most marriages is a story of […]

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