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What is COBRA coverage?

While you may indeed look forward to your life following the completion of your divorce proceedings in Wilmington, it might be nearly impossible to not express a small degree of concern over the uncertainty that the dissolution of your marriage may bring. This is especially true if you were not the primary income earner in your marital home. As such, you likely relied on your soon-to-be ex-spouse's employment for benefits such as health insurance. Medical care and be costly, and injuries and ailments may not necessarily stop while you attempt to secure new coverage through your own employment. How, then, are you to afford care for you and your children? 

Is my marriage emotionally abusive?

Unlike other types of abuse, emotional abuse is not always easily identifiable. This is especially true when it comes to one abusive behavior known as gaslighting. Gaslighting makes a person call their very reality into question thanks to deliberate manipulations. It's a means of retaining control over another person, and it often starts small and then excels until confusion and uncertainty reign. If you're concerned about your marriage, the following offers a few examples of how gaslighting occurs. 

Is my marriage headed towards a divorce?

While all marriages experience difficulties from time to time, for some couples it can seem like divorce is right around the corner. Deciding to divorce is a heart-wrenching prospect, so naturally many people are reluctant to entertain it, even when faced with serious issues. In this case, Very Well Mind asks you to consider the following if you're experiencing problems in your marriage. 

Moving forward from an unfavorable custody decision

Divorce can introduce many challenges, from financial concerns over alimony to property division and adjusting one’s life in all sorts of ways. However, divorce issues involving children are often especially stressful and these cases can have a significant impact on a child’s future as well as their parents’ emotions. Unfortunately, bitter custody disputes are not uncommon, and some parents feel gutted in the wake of an unfavorable custody decision. If you are in this position, it is imperative to do your best to stay positive and continue exploring your options.

The importance of having an escape plan

At The Law Office of L. Bryan Smith, P.C., we know that leaving an abusive marriage is a serious matter. You and other North Carolina residents who are in a relationship that is emotionally or physically violent can feel hopelessly trapped. Escaping abuse is often complex and can even be dangerous. This is why you need an escape plan before you leave.

How do I ensure financial stability when divorcing after 50?

Divorcing later in life is not uncommon in North Carolina. However, for divorcees who had planned a stable future ahead with their spouse, it may feel that way. Nevertheless, a happy and healthy life as a divorced man or woman over 50 is certainly possible.

Don't think of divorce in terms of winners and losers

When your marriage comes to an end in North Carolina, it can prompt a lot of complicated emotions, including shock, resentment and anger. It may be second nature to try to "win" at the divorce by coming out of it better than your spouse, but we at The Law Office of L. Bryan Smith regard this as an attitude that is both unhealthy and counterproductive. According to Forbes, divorce is not a matter of winners or losers. Even if it were, most people who go through a divorce would probably say that their ex got the better end of the deal. 

How can I cope with my divorce?

Divorce is rarely easy, but it’s especially hard when it’s unwanted. In this case, you may lack the motivation to move forward after your marriage ends, which is crucial to make the most out of your life. In this case, Live About offers the following tips, which will help you recover from divorce.

Modifying your child support order

Those who have to pay child support are likely well aware of the different challenges that may get in the way of their ability to make payments. From losing a job to suffering from a medical condition, there are all sorts of hardships that can make it difficult (or impossible) for someone who is obligated to pay child support to stay caught up. However, some may not know that there are certain options for some people who are facing these problems. For example, the modification of a child support order may be possible for someone who has experienced major changes to their finances.

Tackling the issue of parental relocation

It is not uncommon for many who are recently divorced to want to move away from Wilmington. Most may do so with the blessing of their ex-spouses provided that children are not involved. When a divorced couple shares custody of children, then one parent moving can drastically alter the other's access to the kids. The fear is that a parent may do this simply as a way of "getting back" at their ex-spouse. Therefore, the court does offer some recourse to non-relocating parents in these situations. 

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