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Tips for defusing conflict during divorce

For some couples in North Carolina, the emotional impact of divorce can be so great that the process becomes contentious. However, there are steps people can take to defuse it and proceed civilly.

First, people should recognize that what was a problem in the marriage is likely to become a problem in the divorce as well. This means that whatever the couple argued about during the marriage is likely to become a point of conflict during the divorce. Couples can use this knowledge to anticipate and defuse conflicts. This is true not just for big issues but for such things as body language. Spouses who know each other well can often tell when the other is upset before anyone else does and take action.

Young immigrants face 'grave harm' in detention centers

North Carolina residents may be aware that the living conditions of over 10,000 immigrant children being held in federal custody at the U.S.-Mexico border have become the source of multiple lawsuits in recent weeks. According to these cases, the bad conditions in which these children are confined are used as a way to punish immigrant families in order to deter them from entering the country. The lawsuits further claim the goal of the federal government is to deter immigration in general.

Federal law requires that these children are to be held in the 'least restrictive setting available," but attorneys for the kids and their families argue that is not the case. One of the major issues is the prosecution of potential sponsors of the children, who are also not in the country legally. According to the lawyers involved in the suit, hundreds of family members have appeared at Department of Health and Human Services facilities to take custody of a child only to be arrested themselves by ICE.

Financial reasons to give a divorce a second thought

Some North Carolina couples reach a point where they want to consider ending a marriage that's no longer working for them. Taking this step isn't unheard of. After all, about half of all first marriages end in divorce. The stats are even more alarming for subsequent trips down the aisle. Barring instances of spousal abuse or violence, it's generally advised that couples consider the possible financial challenges that legally splitting may present.

First, there are legal fees. Even when a separating spouse works with an affordable family law attorney, costs could still add up if a couple ends up bickering about every detail. Plus, there may be additional fees involved with hiring a real estate agent, a financial planner and other professionals. Some exes also have added expenses for counseling if there are serious emotional issues associated with the end of a marriage.

Getting an Expunction in North Carolina: Clearing My Record

Frequently in our practice we come across a common misconception-background checks only show convictions, not charges. This could not be further from the truth. Each and every time you are charged with a crime, it is reflected on your record. This is true from a simple traffic infraction to a felony. It does not matter that the charges were dismissed or the charged individual was found to be not guilty.

Understanding arson laws in North Carolina

When people in North Carolina face arson charges after a fire, they may not be aware of the different types of allegations that may be involved. Under state law, arson is considered a more serious form of property crime than vandalism or similar offenses. If people were present at the time of the fire, additional charges could also be added. However, even if no one else was present, the likelihood of injury to passers-by or emergency response personnel may be cited to justify higher sentencing requests.

There are two different degrees of arson in North Carolina law. First-degree arson applies to intentional burning of a home, mobile home or trailer while the structure was occupied. On the other hand, second-degree arson involves burning an unoccupied structure. While first-degree arson is a class D felony, second-degree arson is considered a Class G felony. There are also separate Class H felony charges for people accused of burning schools, churches, religious buildings or government structures.

Why is an attorney important to your criminal defense?

If you are facing criminal charges, you are probably spending a lot of time weighing your options. You may feel confident that you can easily defend yourself against the charges, especially if the evidence against you is weak. If police wrongly accuse you of a crime, you certainly feel your profession of innocence will be sufficient to protect you from a conviction.

However, it is important to remember that your rights and your freedom are at risk. When the charges against you may result in consequences that could jeopardize your future, you may want to consider the benefits of seeking skilled and experienced legal counsel.

How relieving debt can save a marriage

Money problems are one of the leading causes of divorce in the United States, and debt is especially known to be a relationship terminator. Nearly 50 percent of all couples go into their marriages with debt already accumulated, creating an uphill battle. Partners often disagree about who is more responsible for their financial woes, and concerns about the problem lead to a lack of communication and increased fighting about money in general.

While money is one of the most common causes of divorce, often couples don't recognize this fact when going through the legal process. This is likely due to all the stresses that come from not being secure about the future. Worrying about medical costs, rent, childcare, and other expenses can cause anxiety that spreads out into other aspects of a relationship. Getting rid of these concerns may strengthen every other part of the marriage.

Switching from permanent resident to citizen

Many people living in North Carolina are immigrants with green cards. While this "permanent residency" status allows individuals to live and work in the United States, it does not give them the same rights that citizens have, including the right to vote.

An increased number of permanent residents living in the United States have recently taken an interest in taking the next step and applying for citizenship. Their reasons vary but often include a desire for permanency and, for those who are married to an American citizen or have family members in the United States, a guarantee against being separated from loved ones.

Spousal support tax changes to come

People in North Carolina may be wise to consider the effects their divorce could have on tax planning. This is especially true for people with significant assets, particularly when one spouse is the primary breadwinner. Spousal support taxation will be handled differently for people who finalize their divorces after Dec. 31, 2018, due to changes included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in late 2017.

Spousal support is often agreed upon or ordered in a high-asset divorce where one spouse substantially out-earns the other, especially when the other spouse has been a stay-at-home parent. For decades, spousal support payments have been tax deductible to the payer and taxable for the recipient. This arrangement results in an overall tax savings as taxes are paid at the income level of the lower-income person. In addition, the tax deduction created a strong incentive for the higher-earning party to agree to generous spousal support payments, often expediting divorce negotiations.

The dog belongs in any pet parent’s will

Whether you consider them your little buddy, your fur baby or your all around significant other, there is no denying that your dog is as important to you as anyone else in your life. More young people than ever are choosing to have pets over children. And just like children, taking proper considerations for them should anything happen to you is vital to their futures.

One of the best ways you can safeguard your dog’s future is by writing them into your will. Wills are one of the most basic estate planning documents a person can have made, often take less than a day to draft and are relatively inexpensive.

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