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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Real Estate Law and Family Law for North Carolina on
Q: If I solely own my house and land that my house sits on and have owned it before I got married

Can my husband have me arrested or even trespassed from the house and property that I own SOLELY and have owned since before the marriage? I would assume I can come and go as I please to my OWN house and property?… he just keeps threatening to have me arrested if I step foot on MY property? Is... View More

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answered on May 14, 2024

Is there an order from a Court preventing you from going there? If so then husband can have you held in contempt. If no, then he plans on setting you up for an arrest which gives him leverage. You may wish to sell the home, or file an action for possession against him. You must hire a NC... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Divorce, Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Family Law for North Carolina on
Q: Dispute over property sale agreement

My ex-husband and I share ownership of a property in Wake County, North Carolina, which serves as a secondary residence for both of us. Following our divorce, we had a signed agreement stipulating that he would buy out my share within two years for much less than it was worth. However, it's... View More

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answered on Apr 1, 2024

Contact an attorney and ask about a "Petition to Partition"; be sure to show them a copy of the agreement. Hopefully, the agreement will no longer be enforceable, and you can get half of your interest out of the property, especially since real estate values have significantly increased... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Divorce, Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Family Law for North Carolina on
Q: Dispute over property sale agreement

My ex-husband and I share ownership of a property in Wake County, North Carolina, which serves as a secondary residence for both of us. Following our divorce, we had a signed agreement stipulating that he would buy out my share within two years for much less than it was worth. However, it's... View More

Sathappan Muthu Krishnan
Sathappan Muthu Krishnan
answered on Mar 30, 2024

Yes if one spouse is in comparative or if there is at treat that the house will be lost through foreclose, you can request a judge to issue an order to stand the sales process another reason to compel a sales is if you need funds to survive on during and after divorce , this could encode paying... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Divorce and Child Custody for North Carolina on
Q: Can I move out of our family home with my children?

I have been married to their father (who is a narcissist) for almost 20 years. The kids are high school age. The marriage is abusive- emotionally and sexually and has been for a very long time. I am ready to leave. However, a relative of his owns our home. It is his one day inheritance. We do not... View More

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answered on Feb 7, 2024

In North Carolina, you can move out of the family home with your children, especially in situations involving abuse. However, it's important to proceed carefully to avoid potential legal complications, particularly concerning custody. Without an existing court order, both parents typically... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims, Divorce and Family Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can I get money back from my husbands student loans I paid off pre-divorce?

I paid off all my husbands student loans, most were from before we were married. He cheated on me so we are getting a divorce. Can I sue him for the cost of the student loans?

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answered on Jan 11, 2024

In North Carolina, the division of assets, including the repayment of debts, is typically addressed during divorce proceedings. However, the treatment of student loans can be complex, especially if they were acquired before the marriage. Generally, debts incurred before marriage are considered... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for North Carolina on
Q: My husband died while our division of assets was still being worked out, due to a prolonged illness.

We are divorced 2 years. Can the divorce be overturned?

Jammie Lynn Wacenske
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Jammie Lynn Wacenske
answered on Nov 13, 2023

No, but if you mean that he died while the division of your assets were still being worked out means that you filed for equitable distribution and that was still a live claim that was incomplete when he passed, then the personal representative of the estate should be able to continue see that... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Divorce and Family Law for North Carolina on
Q: Husband in North Carolina sold property in 2020 without my consent. He owned the property prior to marriage.

Prior to marriage I did not sign free trader agreement or prenuptial agreement. The sell of the house took place in 2020 was undisclosed to me during that time. We are now divorced as of April 2023.

Ben Corcoran
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Ben Corcoran
answered on Oct 19, 2023

All that you would have been signing away was your right to claim a life estate on the property in the event of his passing. That right was extinguished upon divorce.

I cannot speak to the laws of other states regarding marital property but the money he made from the sale might have become...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for North Carolina on
Q: Is it legal to back date a separation in NC to divorce prior to one year apart?
N'kia (NLN)
N'kia (NLN)
answered on Oct 19, 2023

Intentionally making false statement of facts to a court is unlawful. In North Carolina, to be eligible for a divorce, spouses must have been separated for at least one year (with the intent to remain separate and apart). To be valid, a divorce complaint cannot be filed before the spouses are... View More

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Q: My husband sold our house without me knowing in nc. sold in August, I live here. I'm on the deed. What can I do legally

He left. I've filed for divorce and he's aware. He Kept asking me to move or sell, I said no. Someone told me my house just sold per Redfin. I checked and owner changed.

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answered on Sep 6, 2023

If you are actually an owner, then confirm it by searching the title. You may have to sue any new grantees. Husband's alienation of marital property should be brought up in the Divorce, possibly as grounds for contempt. Someone has to pay taxes and any note debt.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Divorce for North Carolina on
Q: My ex husband and I own a house in NC together. I divorced him and he stayed in the house. Now he's going to stop paying

He refused to sell or refinance the house at the time of the divorce. Now his plan is to stop paying the mortgage but continue to live in the house for a few months then move to another state. Is there anything I can do in this situation?

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answered on Aug 21, 2023

In North Carolina, if your ex-husband plans to stop paying the mortgage on your jointly owned house and subsequently move, there are several actions to consider. Begin by reviewing your divorce agreement for any relevant clauses. Consulting a North Carolina attorney skilled in property and family... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, International Law, Divorce and Child Custody for North Carolina on
Q: My wife and I are getting divorced we've been separated since March. She's moving to Canada on Wednesday

Before asking for a divorce and even being physically separated she had a emotional affair with a man in Canada who she knew from when she was younger who she is now in love with and moving to live with. She gave me notice of this last Wednesday and she wants to be able to take my son there during... View More

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answered on Aug 6, 2023

To protect yourself as a parent and ensure your rights are safeguarded, it is essential to consult with a family law attorney who can assist you in negotiating a custody agreement that serves the best interests of your child and takes into account the international relocation aspect. Proper legal... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for North Carolina on
Q: How does my dad get full custody of me ?

My mother yells at me alot and makes me cry and she makes me feel like I am nothing and I dont want to be around her toxic environment

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answered on Jul 5, 2023

I'm sorry to hear that you're experiencing a difficult situation. To pursue full custody, your father would typically need to file a custody petition with the appropriate court in North Carolina. The court will consider various factors, including the best interests of the child, when... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for North Carolina on
Q: I have a TRO hearing to freeze assets for supporting spouse. What do I need to do to prepare. What will be Court costs.

I have filed a complaint for temporary SS and alimony. I am the dependent spouse. Working hourly part time. And still staying in the marital home. Supporting spouse just got laid of and I suspect he is still in US, address unknown, though claims he is out of the country to live with family who is... View More

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Stephen Edward Robertson
answered on Jun 5, 2023

In NC if there is an existing action a filing fee for a Motion in the Cause is $20. If you need a Temporary Restraining Order to protect marital assets make sure that at the time it is filed a hearing is scheduled to occur within 10 days of the filing of the Order. Also your Motion needs to make it... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can my ex-wife file child support against me for a child she had with a man while we were separated? Raleigh, NC

We have been separated since 2020 and both entered different relationships. My ex wife got pregnant in 2021 by a man and gave birth early 2022. We were finally able to be divorced on 2/2023 but now she is trying to file child support against me. How is this even possible? Could she have legally... View More

N'kia (NLN)
N'kia (NLN)
answered on Mar 31, 2023

In North Carolina, when a woman gives birth to a child while married to a man, the man is legally the father of the child. It doesn't matter that the man and the woman are separated, only whether they were legally married. A man who doesn't believe he is the biological father of the child... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Divorce for North Carolina on
Q: How do I contest a divorce?

My husband filed for the divorce and originally I did not contest it. A court date was scheduled for January 31,2022 and the divorce was not granted because I was not properly served. I now feel like I should contest the divorce, but I don’t know if I still have the opportunity to.

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answered on Jan 19, 2023

In North Carolina the requirement for divorce is that parties must have lived separate and apart except in rare circumstances. It requires that only one party needs to have had the intent to live separate and apart. To contest the divorce you would need to show you have not lived separate and... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for North Carolina on
Q: Am I obligated to pay spousal support to my dependent spouse if they are the one that is initiating the separation?

Wife discovered she is gay. She has a girlfriend and wants to divorce. We have three kids. I understand and am fine paying the child support. However, am I obligated to pay spousal support?

Angela L. Haas
Angela L. Haas
answered on Jan 6, 2023

It all depends on a lot of factors. Based on the facts you've given, the answer is not a definite YES or NO. Consult with an experienced family law attorney, so they can ask you a series of questions, and based on your answers, more questions, and based on your answers, you can get a more... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: My girl friend is trying to file for an absolute divorce against her ex in NC, does she have to mention the house?

She owned the house before she got married to the man, and they were only married for 3 weeks before separating. So the question is, if filing for absolute divorce, does she have to mention the house that she owns solely and has owned since before the marriage? It’s definitely separate property I... View More

Ben Corcoran
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answered on May 14, 2024

This is a question for her divorce attorney, but from a real estate perspective, yes, she is the sole owner of the house.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can I enter my house as I wish, if I own the house and have owned the house long before my marriage.
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Ben Corcoran
answered on May 7, 2024

From a real estate perspective, if you own the house, then yes, you have every right to use it. However, other factors may prevent you from doing this, such as court orders. I would advise speaking with a local attorney since this appears to be related to a divorce.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: I want to sell my house and am married. I have tried serving divorce papers on my spouse several times and can't locate

The service took place several years ago and I cannot locate my spouse (somewhere in NY, I think)

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answered on Apr 9, 2024

You may need to hire a NC attorney to file a Partition Action. The other owner's money might be held by the

Court until he claims it, and withdraws it by Order of the Court.

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Q: I was married in Lake County, Florida. My ex still lives there. I live in NC now. How do I get a divorce?

We have no children or property together. Do I have to go to Florida?

Matthew Burkert
Matthew Burkert
answered on Mar 22, 2024

As long as you have lived in North Carolina for at least six months, you can file an action in the County in which you reside for an uncontested divorce.

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