Separation

How I became a fan of Virtual Mediation

Mediation is a way to resolve family law disputes where a neutral third party, the mediator, assists parties in trying to reach an agreement.  The mediator does not advocate for either party or make any decisions. The decision-making authority is left to the parties. The mediator’s job is to help parties work out their own agreements by exploring the parties’ needs and interests and by helping them formulate specific solutions to resolve the disputed issues…. Read More

What’s Happening to My Case?

Practically every aspect of our world has been drastically altered by the protections (and limitations) enacted to combat the spread of COVID-19. Our court system is no different. On March 13, 2020, Chief Justice Beasley of the Supreme Court of North Carolina issued an emergency order declaring the North Carolina courts “on hold” for a majority of matters. Over the course of the last few months, these directives have been extended in a number of… Read More

Protecting Your Children Before, During, and After Your Divorce

The stress and grief of a divorce ranks only second to the death of a loved one. Divorce not only affects the divorcing spouses, but it has a life-altering effect on their children. Children depend on their parents for love, support and guidance, and stability, and they can experience feelings of confusion, abandonment and anxiety when their parents separate. Estimates suggest that between 1 and 1.5 million children experience the divorce of their parents each… Read More

Truth or Consequences: Why Honesty Is the Best Policy When Dealing with Your Lawyer

The domestic case—whether it’s custody, divorce issues, or domestic violence—is often the first time a party will consult with an attorney. It can be a time marked by confusion, anger, frustration, fear and uncertainty.  The following is an article entitled TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES:  WHY HONESTY IN THE BEST POLICY WHEN DEALING WITH YOUR LAWYER by Katie McClaflin published in the Family Advocate, a publication of the American Bar Association, Family Law Section.  At Ward Family… Read More

New Year, new you: things to consider before separating from your spouse

It does not take a family law attorney to tell you that it is not easy to separate and ultimately divorce your spouse.  For some, making up your mind is the easiest part of the process, but for most it can be a grueling task fraught with difficult choices and emotional landmines.  The idea of beginning anew and starting a new chapter of your life can be both exciting and motivating, but what we tell… Read More

When enough is enough, what do you do next?

For many people who are considering separation and divorce the hardest decision to make is the actual decision to separate, but when you have had enough what do you do next? Years ago, separating from your spouse meant you had to hire an attorney and air your dirty laundry in a public courtroom. Most people do not like conflict, and litigation can be expensive, time-consuming, and the results unpredictable. Additionally, divorce is very personal. Litigating… Read More

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