This blog recently discussed alimony but alimony is just one of many concerns divorcing couples may have. The family law system provides a range of resources and help for divorcing couples to help them address their divorce-related concerns. Divorcing couples have many understandable concerns related to their children, their property, their finances and assets and other concerns.
Divorcing couples can best protect their interests if they understand these issues and how the family law process views them. It is important to understand the concept of best interests, especially as it relates to child custody and determining what is in the best interests of the child. Following a one-year separation period, couples are able to divorce in North Carolina so it is helpful for them to understand how to negotiate that process.
Property division is a common concern and property in North Carolina is divided according to equitable distribution rules in which call for a fair division of property. Equitable division applies to marital property so how property is categorized is important. Equitable division can be complex so it is helpful to understand it beforehand. It is also important child support is fairly determined and that a workable child custody arrangement that is in the best interests of the child is reached. Alimony is a similar concern when one spouse is a paying spouse and the other spouse is a recipient spouse.
Reaching cost-effective and fair solutions during the divorce process that work for the divorcing couple's family is an important goal of the family law process. As a result, the family law process provides tools to achieve positive outcomes the couple and their family can live with following divorce.