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April 2017 Archives

Are restraining orders effective?

Each year, North Carolina law enforcement issue several restraining orders to people in a variety of circumstances. If you have been looking into a restraining order as a solution to ongoing harassment, concern about your well-being or other circumstances, you may be wondering if your effort will be worth the outcome.

What is a habitual felon?

The most basic definition of a habitual felon is someone who has been convicted of at least three felony charges. However, it is a bit more complex than that. According to the North Carolina General Assembly, these felony convictions need to have happened after you turned 18 years old and should occur on three separate occasions. For example, if you were charged with three felony counts for one crime, that would only count as one felony conviction towards the habitual felon charge.

How is asset distribution handled in a divorce?

North Carolina is an equitable distribution state. This means that when you get a divorce, the property acquired during your marriage is considered joint property and distributed equally between you and your spouse, according to the North Carolina State Bar. It does not matter if only one of your names is on the title or if only one of you bought the property.

Paying alimony? Here's a list of what records should be kept

If you've been ordered to pay alimony as part of your divorce decree, it is your responsibility to continue to make the payments on the schedule dictated by the court. Failure to do so can result in your income being garnished by the state to satisfy the payment requirement. However, if you have been making payments but your ex files a complaint stating they never received the funds, only your good record-keeping habits will stand between you and an unjust demand for repayment.

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