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April 9, 2020

Alimony Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

The economic environment is typically a consideration when divorcing spouses are negotiating or litigating the issue of alimony. Economic factors such as the housing bubble and related debt crisis in…

April 3, 2020

ARBITRATION: A Remedy for the post COVID-19 Courthouse Backlog

Friday, March 13, 2020, will be a day I’ll never forget. It was the day that North Carolina’s Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley announced the unprecedented decision to limit…

March 31, 2020

Custody, Co-Parenting, and the Coronavirus

In North Carolina and many other states, “stay-at-home” or “shelter-in-place” orders are in effect, and by now, we all know about “social distancing.” But how do these new, pandemic-era concepts…

February 3, 2020

#GirlDad

In the wake of Kobe Bryant and his daughter’s death this past week, I found myself thinking about my Dad and the special times we shared.

One, in particular, occurred…

November 21, 2019

Telling the Truth is Sometimes not Enough

When I meet with clients in anticipation of trial, they sometimes question the need for witnesses to support their testimony. They are confident that the truth they will tell under…

November 4, 2019

Spousal Abandonment in North Carolina

Spousal abandonment occurs when one spouse ends the marital cohabitation without justification or provocation, without the consent of the other party, and without any intent to resume the marital relationship.…

September 5, 2019

Getting a Domestic Violence Restraining Order – What You Need to Know

Family law clients are often told to “go get a restraining order” when someone has stalked them or threatened them with acts of domestic violence. More often than not, this…

August 12, 2019

IT’S JUST AN OFFER:  Thoughts on Initial Settlement Proposals in Divorce

Clients and attorneys generally want to settle cases out of court. Clients readily recognize the financial and emotional benefits of avoiding court. Some clients go into his or her attorney’s…

August 2, 2019

Why Do Divorce Cases Take So Long?  PART TWO

This article is PART TWO of a two-part series shedding light on some of the realities that can prolong the divorce process. Part One focuses on the pre-court/mediation…

July 23, 2019

Why Do Divorce Cases Take So Long? PART ONE

I often warn clients at the outset of their divorce case that the process will likely take longer and be more expensive than they anticipate. In my 28 years…

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