Domestic Violence – Represent Yourself?

Domestic Violence – Represent Yourself?

Should you represent yourself in a domestic violence case? In North Carolina, the primary domestic violence statute is N.C.G.S. 50B.  You can see it here.    Here’s an article I wrote a few years ago,  I was in the courtroom recently for a case and watched a man...
The Separation Agreement

The Separation Agreement

Separation Agreement A separation agreement is a contract.   Under North Carolina law, the separation agreement has to be in writing and signed by both parties in front of a notary public.    The relevant part of the statute reads: 52-10.1. Separation agreements. Any...
Divorce Basics in North Carolina

Divorce Basics in North Carolina

What is a divorce? Some people think that divorce means everything… custody, child support, alimony, etc.   It doesn’t.   It is a status change from being married to being single again. Marriage is a status change from being single to being married. The statute: The...
Presumption of Joint Custody?

Presumption of Joint Custody?

Joint Custody Joint custody as a place where judges start their analysis has not been the law of North Carolina.   In fact, for many decades in North Carolina, the standard that judges use in a custody cased is the “best interest of the child.”     In...