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3 questions to ask for a first-time North Carolina divorce

On Behalf of | Jun 6, 2024 | Divorce

Every divorce is a complex journey, but when it is your first, you can expect a truly challenging experience. As you embark on this process, arm yourself with knowledge to promote a good outcome. 

Asking a divorce representative the right questions can pave the way for a smoother transition into your new chapter. Here are three questions to help get your divorce off to a good start.

How is marital property divided in North Carolina?

As an equitable distribution state, family courts seek to divide property fairly, but that does not always mean each spouse gets an equal share. Judges often account for the financial contributions of each spouse, as well as their personal sacrifices (giving up a career, etc.) when dividing marital assets.

What should I know about child custody?

Child custody matters are determined based on the child’s best interests in North Carolina and other states. Courts examine factors, such as each parent’s health, income and living arrangements when making child-related decisions. Showing you can provide a safe, stable environment and put your child’s well-being above all can help persuade a court.

How does North Carolina determine spousal support?

Alimony, or spousal support, is not guaranteed in every divorce. It depends on factors like the duration of the marriage, the marital standard of living and each spouse’s financial needs and earning capacity. Again, spousal contributions to the marriage can also influence alimony decisions.

These questions are just a starting point. Ask your representative about any divorce topic you do not understand. With knowledge and stringent legal protection, you have excellent odds of emerging from divorce with a fair final settlement.