Family Law Attorneys in North Carolina
Wheatly Wheatly Weeks Lupton & Massie, P.A. we offer legal representation and assistance in many different areas of
law. If you are facing a family law issue then a Carteret County family
lawyer will be able to work with you to pursue the best possible outcome
to your situation.
There are many cases after a divorce where situations like child custody,
visitation rights and support payments become inconvenient and an adjustment
is desired. We will be able to help you file for a modification to these
various circumstances so that they may better suite your needs and desires.
Get in touch with our family law firm so that you can move forward.
Providing Family Law Services in Carteret County, NC
Our firm has extensive experience in various family law issues and we will
be able to assist you in all of the following ways:
During the process of separation, but before any divorce is final, couples
often write up a formal agreement that designates support and other financial
issues. It should include child support payment amounts, a schedule of
visitation, alimony criteria and other important matters that are settled
in a divorce. If you and your spouse can agree on these issues, you may
not have to even appear in court as your lawyer can take the agreement
to the judge for it to be signed and become official.
Post Separation Support
After a separation but prior to determining alimony, post separation support
may be designated for one spouse to pay to the more dependent spouse.
This means that monetary payments must be made from the spouse typically
with a higher income to the one that is more in a financial bind as a
result of the separation.
In the time after a divorce has been finalized, one spouse may be ordered
to pay the other spouse after their marriage has been dissolved. The amount
of spousal support payment is denoted by the financial condition of both
individuals and is a legal obligation for the spouse to provide monetarily
for the other. There can be various forms depending on the situation,
including rehabilitative alimony and permanent alimony.
Most child custody agreements are settled prior to going to court and
are decided by a mutual agreement between parents. If the custody case
does go before a judge, he or she will determine custody rights based
on numerous factors. This includes the welfare of the parents, any history
of substance abuse or violence, proximity of parent to child's comfortable
surroundings and ultimately whatever choice is in the child's best
interests. One parent may receive sole custody or they may share joint
custody depending on the circumstances.
One parent will often have to make financial payments to help maintain
their child's well-being and ensure that they are properly cared for.
It is an ongoing expense often paid by the non-custodial parent to the
parent who is in charge of taking care of the child's everyday needs.
This principle is a legally binding agreement and is ordered by the courts
in most situations where the parents are not living together.
Dividing the property and assets of both spouses in the process of a divorce
is referred to as equitable distribution. This process is typically determined
by a judge, unless the couple can come to an amicable agreement through
a property settlement. It is not simply dividing the marital property
into equal parts, but various factors are considered such as the length
of the marriage as well as the income brought in by each spouse.
The process of divorce involves dissolution of marriage that terminates
all bonds of matrimony as well as ending any responsibility the former
spouses had in their relationship. Divorce agreements can be settled by
either on a no-fault or fault basis. There are a whole myriad of issues
involved with divorce including spousal support, property distribution
and child support if the couple had any children. It is most wise to obtain
a lawyer that is knowledgeable before progressing into any divorce filing.
When one partner in a close relationship has a pattern of abuse, violence,
or battery against their family or significant other this qualifies as
domestic violence. It can manifest in various forms such as restraining,
hitting, sexual abuse, proposing threats, intimidation and other avenues.
In North Carolina it is punishable by anywhere from a month to several
years of incarceration as well as substantial fees and limited freedom
for the accused.
The basic premise of adoption is to create a beneficial and legally binding
relationship between parents and a child that are not already related.
For children in North Carolina, it is more about finding a family that
is most suited for their needs, not the parents finding a child that fits
their lives well. Strict laws and guidelines must be adhered to throughout
the entire process. It is advised the families hire an attorney before
beginning the adoption process on their own.
Adults that may be unable to perform basic functions due to mental illnesses,
age, or any other factor that inhibits their ability to make competent
choices on their own may need a guardian. There must be significant evidence
to prove that he or she is incompetent on their own and that they need
a respondent to act on their behalf. It is then the responsibility of
the guardian to make wise decisions on behalf of their ward and be an
active participant in their lives. There are various types of guardianship
roles and the state may make certain decisions based on the facts of the
case at hand.
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