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Add This to Your Pre-Wedding “To-Do” List

There is a show on television where a woman goes to a fancy bridal salon and spends literally thousands of dollars on a dress she is going to wear once. When she finally picks the “right” dress she cries and feels very special and everyone agrees that this dress is the one which will make […]

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Marriage is like Government—

Here it is August and I already hate all the political ads I see. The truth be told, I really don’t like ads in general, but the political ones, in particular, seem to be more manipulative. Those advertisements try to pick one issue out of the zillions of things that a President will have to […]

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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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Marriage and Politics

In an op ed piece in the New York Times recently, Arthur C. Brooks, the president of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, wrote that the polarization of politics is leading people to act with contempt towards those with whom we disagree. In reading that piece, I couldn’t help thinking that many of […]

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Frequently Asked Questions About Alimony

What Is Alimony? Alimony is a payment to a spouse or former spouse for the support and maintenance of the spouse. It can be ordered by a court or entered into by private agreement. What Makes a Spouse Entitled to Alimony? Alimony is based on need not fault. So long as a spouse has not […]

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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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What We Need You To Tell Us For an Alimony Case

Post Separation Support and Alimony are button issues. When a marriage is breaking up the last thing a supporting spouse wants to do is give the other party one red cent and the first thing the dependent spouse wants to do is hit that penny pinching tightwad where it hurts. Regardless of whether you are […]

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Same Sex Marriage In North Carolina

In June of 2015, the landmark Supreme Court of the United States case of Obergefell v. Hodges 576 U. S. ____ (2015) held that same sex couples have a fundamental right to marry. This case invalidated laws which excluded same sex couples from civil marriage on the same terms and conditions as opposite sex couples. […]

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