||Knowledge is power. The more
you know the easier your family law situation or divorce process will be.
The problem is that the process is overwhelming. Not only must you deal
with the emotions associated with your particular situation, but you will
be bombarded with opinions of family and friends about what you should or
should not do.
The five most important areas of a North Carolina divorce
are child custody, child support, divorce, alimony and property distribution
(equitable distribution). All of these issues except for the divorce may
be resolved out of court in a separation agreement. We believe it is best
if we can help you settle your domestic dispute and we have the experience
to help you stay out of court.
During this time, it is important that you receive accurate legal advice
and guidance on your rights and obligations relating to a variety of matters.
At Charles R Ullman & Associations, we offer services for:
- Alimony - North Carolina
law provides for alimony, or spousal support, to be paid on a periodic
basis or in a lump sum from the "supporting spouse" to the "dependent
- Annulments - a legal
degree that a marriage never occurred. A marriage can be annulled if there
was a serious defect at the time of the marriage ceremony.
- Asset Division
- the process of "equitable distribution" is applied by North Carolina
courts to determine what assets are "marital property" and what factors
must be considered for distribution of such assets.
- Child Custody -
the custody of a minor, who has not attained 18 years of age, or who suffers
certain medical or mental handicaps. Legal custody, physical custody,
or visitation rights assigned by the court may be permanent, temporary,
or initial. Child custody is a totally separate legal issue from that
of child support.
- Child Support -
the State of North Carolina has calculated child support payment guidelines
based upon custody categories and the gross income of each party.
- Divorce - terminating
a marriage. North Carolina is a "no fault" divorce state, like most states
in the U.S. Neither party has to prove marital fault (for example, habitual
drunkenness or addiction, adultery, domestic violence, cruel and abusive
behavior or economic fault).
- Domestic Violence
- also known as partner abuse, spouse abuse, or battering, occurs
when one person uses force to inflict emotional or physical injury upon
another person they have, or had, a relationship with.
- Grandparents' Rights
- More and more grandparents are being asked to play a role in supporting
their children and grandchildren. The rising rate of divorce and separation
as well as social problems like drug addiction and alcoholism have literally
orphaned many children.
- Paternity Suits
- intended to determine the father of a child whose parents were not
married when the child was born. Paternity is the legal determination
of fatherhood that must be established before a court can order child
- Pre-Nuptial Agreements
- an agreement between a couple about to be married that is used to
set out the rules that will govern their property, debts, income and expenses
should the marriage eventually dissolve.
Agreements - a post-marital or post-nuptial agreement is similar
to a pre-nuptial agreement except that the parties make the agreement
after they are married.
- Restraining Orders
- a court order that protects you from physical, emotional, or financial
abuse. It can also protect you from being stalked or harassed.
- Spousal Abuse -
a form of domestic violence that under North Carolina law is a crime that
is taken very seriously regardless of gender.
- Stepparents' Rights
- stepparents may have the right to sue a custodial parent for partial
custody or visitation of the custodial parent's minor children. This generally
occurs when the stepparent and custodial parent have resided together
and assumed the joint role of supporting and caring for the custodial
parent's minor children.
- Spousal Support - spousal
support may be awarded by a North Carolina Court if a party can show that
they are dependent on their spouse and that their spouse is, or currently
was, supporting them.
Charles R. Ullman & Associates clients can expect high quality representation
based on experience, efficient and thoughtful service, and concern for our
clients. We know what's important: you, your family, your goals, and your
case. If you want help in a family law matter, please
contact us online or call us at (919) 829-1006
to schedule a consultation. We do not offer legal advice by e-mail, so please
provide a phone number where you may be reached. We look forward to hearing