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Preparing for the road ahead by taking financial steps in divorce

If you and your spouse decide to take separate paths moving forward, you may have concerns about the impact the end of a marriage may have on your future. You might wish to prepare for what comes next by gaining an understanding of what to expect, but the process can be exceedingly complex.

One aspect that could be of concern to you is the potential monetary ramifications of dissolving a marriage. The process of property division will inherently impact your financial standings, but there may be certain measures you can take to reduce the difficulty of transitioning into life on your own.

Making sure your Happy Thanksgiving is actually happy

When you told your children you were getting divorced, you knew it was a given there would be many changes on the horizon. Perhaps, you decided to keep living in the same North Carolina home you shared with your spouse in marriage as a way to lessen your children's stress and maintain structure and routine in their lives.

You may also be determined to keep some of your favorite family traditions while recognizing that, by virtue of the fact your former spouse will no longer be present day-to-day, some aspects of your holiday customs would be different. Hopefully, the two of you were able to amicably devise a new parenting plan. With Thanksgiving and more holidays just around the corner, it might be a good idea to review your court orders.

Say I do -- to the uncontested divorce

Are you ready to end your marriage? Do you dread the thought of fighting things out in court? Most people do. Well, there is good news for you. North Carolina residents who want a quick divorce without all the drama have a way to get it done. It is through the process called the uncontested divorce.

From a traditional standpoint, divorce takes time. It requires a lot of negotiations, a lot of back and forth between spouses and, in some cases, fighting things out in front of a judge. There are those, though, who go into the divorce process knowing exactly what they want to get out of it, and their spouse has already agreed -- or simply is no longer in the picture. The uncontested divorce is for those couples.

The serious penalties for drunk driving in North Carolina

Drunk driving is a serious crime, but the penalties associated with DWI in North Carolina can have a significant impact on your life. Even if it is your first DWI and it is a misdemeanor, you would be wise to take these charges seriously and seek a beneficial outcome to your case. A conviction is never your only option.

In order to more effectively fight back against the charges you are currently facing, it can be useful to fully understand the nature of the charges and the potential penalties they can bring. There is much at stake, and you may want to begin to build a defense plan as soon as possible after an arrest.

Understanting the unique concerns of divorcing while young

The end of a marriage is often a stressful and challenging period, and the decision could require a great deal of deliberation. While some may believe that divorce is more complex when regarding individuals who are together for years, it can be just as difficult for young couples.

The value of a strong strategy may often be underestimated

A conviction for a drug-related crime can carry severe penalties that could be a hindrance in numerous avenues of your life, personal and professional alike. Perhaps you are facing possession charges and wish to avoid potentially devastating consequences, and you might be wondering how to achieve this goal.

Challenging drug charges can be a complex process, and seeking assistance in the initial stages for advice on forming a strong defense is often advisable. Having a strong defense strategy in place during court proceedings could prove invaluable to protecting your future.

Parenting after divorce: should you consider joint custody?

North Carolina parents know that divorce is often hardest on the youngest members of the family, which is why many parents choose to seek a custody arrangement that is sustainable and cooperative. Through a mutual concern for the well-being of the kids, parents may choose a joint custody arrangement. 

While joint custody is not an option for every family, it could be the right choice for yours. Parenting together after divorce is not an easy choice, but it may provide for a continuity of lifestyle and the ability to maintain strong relationships with both parents. If you think it could be right for you, you will find it beneficial to discuss this option with an experienced family law attorney.

Is it worth it to fight traffic tickets and moving violations?

A traffic ticket may not seem like a big deal at the time, but in reality, this seemingly small infraction could compromise your right to drive. If you cannot drive, it can be quite difficult to get back and forth to work and take your children where they need to go. A traffic violation can be much more than a simple inconvenience.

You will find it beneficial to take the appropriate legal action needed to effectively confront your traffic offense or ticket. Failure to handle this situation appropriately could lead to steep financial penalties. From moving violations to parking tickets, you have the right to know your potential legal options.

I want to modify my current child custody arrangements

You and your ex-spouse have a child custody order in place, but it's just not working for you. Perhaps you want to see more of your child but your ex-refuses to consider it. You have tried talking to your ex, but he or she is not interested in discussing the matter. Is there anything you can do? Can you have child custody arrangements changed?

The answer is... maybe. Technically, child custody can be modified at any point before your child reaches age 18. Generally speaking, however, a court usually only considers modification if circumstances change and they believe modification is necessary and in the best interests of the child.

Underage DWI is a charge you should take seriously

Underage drinking may seem like a minor crime since it involves individuals under the age of 21, but, in reality, a conviction will bring very steep consequences. These consequences are as serious, if not worse, than drunk driving charges for adults. If you are facing these charges, your future, freedom and right to drive are on the line.

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