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Q: Stay at home mom going through separation. Husband emptied out accounts. What do I do?

I’ve filed for separation, but due to me moving farther away than expected, papers will need to be updated due to new custody arrangements. He refuses to sign new agreement. He has emptied the bank account. I don’t want to go to court, but I’m afraid I’ll have no choice. Is there anyway to... Read more »

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Q: I married this passed March. It seems that he has debt. How do I protect myself from paying his bills

I have a home that is payed for and other assets. I don't want his determination for holding me accountable?

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Q: Spouse and I separating and live together. can she deny me access to my exterior camera system?

Both paid for the system and had joint accounts up until a month ago. Both live in same house still and she now denies me access to the exterior door cameras. I work as a police officer and aside from her reasons to document me coming and going, I use it for safety reasons. Can she deny me this... Read more »

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Q: My husband started a business 5 months before we separated.

He used marital funds to purchase equipment for the business, and I have copies of the checks verifying that. On the financial affidavit, he claims that the business started after separation and he used his own money. Can I use the checks to verify that his business started before separation? Is... Read more »

Mr. Albert Loch Saslow
Mr. Albert Loch Saslow
answered on Oct 11, 2022

Seems like the answer could depend on when the business entity (if there is one) was actually formed. If it wasn't formed (created) with the Secretary of State until after you separated, then there is an argument that the business wasn't marital. However, if that is the case, then you... Read more »

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Q: my wife is registered in India, we are getting divorce in india, can i sell my home on my name without her signature ?

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Ben Corcoran
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Ben Corcoran
answered on Oct 3, 2022

Until the divorce is finalized your wife has an interest in the property and would have to sign any deed.

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Q: Can my husband take my name off property we own together and put his sister on it without my agreement? we are married.

we’ve been separated 12 years. not divorced. she went to the registrar of deeds with a new deed with his and her name on it. my name is there without a signature. they recorded it. is it legal? did i lose my land?

Ben Corcoran
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Ben Corcoran
answered on Sep 23, 2022

I would have to review the deed. He may have just conveyed his portion, but if he also tried to convey your portion then fraud was committed, and you should contact the local law enforcement.

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Q: Can I apply for child support from spouse after getting separated for 2 years, without getting a divorce?

My spouse and I have been separated for 2 years, can I get a court order for child support for our 4 year old child without applying for a divorce?

Mr. Albert Loch Saslow
Mr. Albert Loch Saslow
answered on Sep 12, 2022

Sure. There is no requirement that both actions are handled together. However, I do question why you haven't been divorced yet. Many family law attorneys offer a "flat-fee" divorce package that isn't too expensive. Alternatively, you can attempt to file it yourself.

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Q: How is a house bought with inheritance money settled in divorce in NC?

We bought a home for cash in NC 7 years ago with proceeds from sale of home in VA, paid off by my husband’s parents estate. Separated since January when I left for a job across the country. He listed the house in late July and we have a buyer and contract, which he just decided not to honor.... Read more »

Ben Corcoran
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Ben Corcoran
answered on Sep 14, 2022

I would need to review the deed to the house to give a definite answer.

However, it is likely that the house is in both your names and you and he own it as tenants in common. He is allowed to live there rent-free, but he is responsible for 50% of all expenses, taxes, utilities, hoa fees,...
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Q: Me and my wife are separated in NC. Would it look bad on me if another women moved in with me during the separation?
Mr. Albert Loch Saslow
Mr. Albert Loch Saslow
answered on Aug 1, 2022

Wouldn't be great, but it largely depends on what claims are being raised, and on additional facts (how long have you been separated, did you know this person before you separated). If there is some suspicion that you were being unfaithful on your spouse, this new person moving in will... Read more »

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Q: Do we wait to do a house-buyout when the divorce is final or can we do it at the start of our year long separation?
Mr. Albert Loch Saslow
Mr. Albert Loch Saslow
answered on May 31, 2022

You can do it anytime - if the parties agree then it is the best practice to go ahead and get the full agreement in writing and have it formally executed (a Separation Agreement). Then you can just wait for the one year and someone can file for divorce.

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Q: My spouse and I has signed a divorce agreement. Do I file the agreement with Clerk for an Uncontested Divorce?

Or do I serve him with court documents for a Uncontested Divorce?

David Allan King
David Allan King
answered on Jun 3, 2022

I typically attach a copy of the separation agreement at the end of the initial divorce filings as an FYI. However, most separation agreements are private contracts between the spouses that do not involve the court directly. That is, unless your agreement requires "incorporation" or the... Read more »

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Q: Do I have the right to leave and keep my 16 month old because she is still nursing?

I want to leave safely. This is a intimate partner violence relationship with emotional/ verbal abuse. He refuses to leave. I want to ensure that if I leave the mortgage continues to get paid as it is in my name. Do I have the right to stay because the mortgage is in my name? I have recordings and... Read more »

David Allan King
David Allan King
answered on Jun 3, 2022

You are both entitled to live in the marital home, regardless of whose name is on the mortgage, until a court orders otherwise. Emotional abuse is not an actionable legal claim. If there is "marital misconduct", such as violence (or cheating) though, especially if there are medical... Read more »

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Q: Me and my wife are getting a divorce and we have no kids and no property . What can happen if we both make 40,000
David Allan King
David Allan King
answered on Jun 3, 2022

In theory, if there is no property, alimony, debt, children, etc. to argue over, one spouse would move out and you'd file for divorce after one year of living in separate homes.

In practice, many spouses claim they have no property and this is never the case. Almost everyone has at...
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Q: I am currently trying to settle equitable distribution on my divorce. Our major asset is the home.

My husband is allowing me to buy him out. All assets, including the home, value was determined based on date of separation. I paid for the date of separation home appraisal, as instructed to by my lawyer. Now with the home prices fluctuating, the value of the home is being challenged by my... Read more »

Mr. Albert Loch Saslow
Mr. Albert Loch Saslow
answered on May 2, 2022

It would seem that these questions should be directed to your current attorney. That said, if I was representing your husband I would certainly make sure that your buyout reflected the current value of the home.

The gain in value of the home since the date of separation (through passive...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Divorce for North Carolina on
Q: Divorce during a conditional GC

My conditional GC expires in December this year and I would need to remove the conditions 90 days before it. We have been married since almost 3 years and the marriage certainly was in good faith and we both hoped this will last forever.

However, since past year the marriage has been going... Read more »

Agnes Jury
Agnes Jury
answered on Apr 28, 2022

It would be best if you were divorced by the time you have to apply to remove the condition or soon thereafter. There is language that can be used as part of the divorce to improve the chances of your removal of condition being granted so I would recommend you consult with a family law attorney who... Read more »

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Q: If in my divorce decree if it states , plantiff understands that she is forever discharging any claim against defendant

Or any equitable distribution or martial property by obtaining the divorce prayed herein, can she come back now and make me sale my house and give her half?

Mr. Albert Loch Saslow
Mr. Albert Loch Saslow
answered on Apr 27, 2022

They shouldn't be able to, unless her name is also on the deed. From your question, you indicate that is it "my" house so it doesn't seem like she is an actual owner.

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Q: In state of nc I am separated for 17 months now. Can I only get half of assets before date of separation?

Can I fight for half of everything to the date we file separation agreement? Specifically everything in our joint bank account and current amount in my spouses 401k.

I have not worked in 16 years am not currently working and would like half of 401k currently not 17 months ago

Mr. Albert Loch Saslow
Mr. Albert Loch Saslow
answered on Apr 4, 2022

Decent bit to unpack here.

You used the term "separation agreement," but also mentioned that you would "file" this document. A separation agreement is a contract between spouses, and typically isn't filed with the court. As it is a contract, the parties can agree...
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Q: It it possible to withdraw my claim for equitable distribution?

My spouse was already been served, so will my spouse have to agree to have the claim withdrawn?

Mr. Albert Loch Saslow
Mr. Albert Loch Saslow
answered on Mar 11, 2022

Your spouse plays no role in your decision whether you want to voluntarily dismiss your ED claim. No consent is needed. That said, if your spouse files a counterclaim for ED, then it doesn't matter what you do with your claim. There just needs to be one claim pending.

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Q: Husband and I meet rules for divorce. Can lawyer file uncontested divorce claim in any county or where I live?

I have heard claim must be filed in the County you live, is this true or can any attorney do it anywhere in NC?

Mr. Albert Loch Saslow
Mr. Albert Loch Saslow
answered on Mar 10, 2022

It can be in any county, although the other side could theoretically attempt to have it moved to a more proper venue. I've filed plenty in 'my' county when both parties live somewhere else.

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Q: Can you file for a legal separation in NC with the clerk of court?

My husband wants to file seperation papers legally. It's my understanding that separation papers are not filed on record but are signed by both parties and witnessed by a member of the court.

Mr. Albert Loch Saslow
Mr. Albert Loch Saslow
answered on Feb 1, 2022

While it is a common misconception, there really isn't something called 'separation papers,' and you don't need any such papers to become legally separated. Some couples negotiate a contract between themselves that settles issues they may have (property division, spousal... Read more »

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