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Making wise decisions about the family home during a divorce

North Carolina residents who have gone through a divorce understand just how challenging the entire process can be. One of the major challenges a divorcing couple may face is determining what to do with the marital home. There may be a lot of sentiment attached to the home. For that reason, the couple may struggle with whether to sell the home and divide the profits, have one of the two parties buy the other one out, or both keep ownership of the home and alternate the days that they live in it.

There are some advantages that come from selling a home while going through the divorce process. One advantage is financial. If a divorcing couple is able to sell the home, both parties may walk away with money that they can use to move on. They may be able to use that money to invest in a new home or pay off joint debt.

Pros and cons of keeping your business after divorce

You and your spouse started your business together five years after you got married. It seemed like the right time to do it, your marriage was going really well and you knew that you both offered something that the business needed. Your spouse is great with numbers and finances, while you are the people-person who really puts on the public face of the business.

As a result, your company has grown and done well. The same is not true for your marriage. You started thinking about divorce last year, and now you want to file.

Using social media to communicate with children after divorce

Parents in North Carolina who are divorced may help their children adjust by keeping lines of communication open. According to a new study, the relationship a child has with each divorced parent is much more important than the relationship the parents have with each other.

The study, which examined nearly 400 parents and children who were aged 10 to 18, classified parents based on how cooperative they were with one another. Researchers also identified several aspects of the relationship between parents and children, including parents' knowledge about their children, the consistency of discipline and the closeness of relationships. When children and their parents communicated just once a month or less, it led to a decrease in the parents' knowledge about their children.

Why are deadly car accidents increasing?

Over the past several years, traffic fatalities have been on the rise in North Carolina and across the United States. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, car accident deaths rose approximately 13 percent between 2014 and 2016.

Experts say that there are several reasons behind the increase in fatal motor vehicle accidents on American roads. For example, as the economy improves, people can afford to drive more miles, which increases the risk of accidents. Meanwhile, cell phones and other electronic gadgets are distracting more and more drivers every year, which also leads to more crashes. Finally, speeding continues to be a contributing factor in most motor vehicle accidents.

Divorce errors to avoid

North Carolina couples who are considering getting a divorce may already know that the divorce process can be difficult to navigate. However, there are certain mistakes people can make before and during a divorce that may make it even more difficult and result in expensive consequences.

One mistake that can have significant consequences in a divorce is not having all of the paperwork that may be needed. If there is a possibility of a divorce occurring, individuals should immediately begin to gather all of their financial information, such as the balances and account numbers for all financial accounts, which will not only be helpful for the divorce settlement but will also be useful for future tax and retirement planning. It is also likely that the Social Security statements that detail the earning records and projected future benefits of a spouse may be necessary. Additional paperwork that should be gathered includes receipts for purchases made for significant assets and for any home improvement expenses.

Understanding your child custody options

Even without children, the divorce process can lead to numerous concerns for the future. However, as a parent, you probably have all the same worries anyone else might have during a divorce with the added concerns for your children. You might wonder how your children are coping to the news or if the financial impact of divorce might affect their standard of living. However, one of the most immediate concerns for many divorcing parents is what child custody option will be best for their children.

Two types of custody

Personal injuries: challenges, remedies and victims’ empowerment

North Carolina personal injury victims and their families often feel as though their lives have been turned upside down when they suffer harm caused by third-party negligence. They often – and understandably -- feel vulnerable and even helpless in the wake of an accident or injury that would have been entirely preventable had another person simply acted with due care.

Personal injury outcomes often yield serious or even catastrophic results. Victims confront starkly high medical bills in legions of cases. They often cannot resume work activities for a time or even indefinitely. Emotional pain and distress is a frequent byproduct of many injury cases. High property damage is often sustained. Lifelong therapy/rehabilitation costs can become a central concern.

Is it hard for grandparents to win visitation in North Carolina?

In many states, there is little grandparents can do to make sure they stay in their grandchildren's lives. However, it is important for extended family members to still have relationships with children and grandchildren when those relationships are positive.

Despite the fact that grandchildren may miss their grandparents, and vice versa, it is ultimately up to the parents of the children to decide if that relationship is necessary or beneficial for their children. There are exceptions, but on the whole, North Carolina's laws are not grandparent-friendly when it comes to visitation and custody.

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