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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Elder Law, Family Law and Health Care Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can I stopped my dad from sending my mom to hospice because he don't want to loose money if she goes to nursing home

My parents have been separated for over 20yrs. My dad has not been involved in my mom's life for 20yrs..Until she got a brain injury that would potentially send her to a nursing home. I have been the caregiver of my mom. My dad got involved because he would not let my mom go to a nursing home... View More

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

You have several options to intervene in this situation and protect your mother's well-being. Firstly, you can consult with a lawyer who specializes in elder law or healthcare advocacy to explore legal avenues to challenge your father's decision. They can advise you on your rights as your... View More

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 Child Custody, Child Support, Domestic Violence and Family Law for North Carolina on
Q: Will NC force child support?

My child and I have a restraining order against her father. DV survivor. I receive SNAP and Medicaid benefits. He has not responded to being served, but worried NC will force child support before I can petition to have him removed for abandonment to keep him away permanently. Advice? How can i... View More

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answered on Jan 3, 2024

In North Carolina, child support is generally determined by guidelines that take into account both parents' incomes, the number of children, and other relevant factors. The fact that you have a restraining order against the child's father and have been a survivor of domestic violence may... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for North Carolina on
Q: My daughter's 12 she has been staying with her dad for about 2years she no longer wants to stay there and doesn't want

To go back over there with him. She's with me at the moment what actions do I need to take to make sure he can't take off with her or try to take her out of school and block me access to her. We have no custody order or anything in place.

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answered on Jan 2, 2024

If there is no existing custody order, it's crucial to establish a formal custody arrangement to protect your rights and ensure the well-being of your daughter. To initiate this process, you may consider filing a petition for custody in the appropriate family court. The court will then... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for North Carolina on
Q: I have a temporary consent order for Christmas Day to see my children but the judge never signed it and neither did my e

My ex-husband’s lawyer never signed it just my lawyer him and I should I see them today or could I get in trouble?

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answered on Dec 25, 2023

If the temporary consent order for Christmas Day was not signed by the judge and your ex-husband's lawyer, it may not be legally binding. It's essential to prioritize compliance with the law and the terms of any valid court orders.

In this situation, it's advisable to...
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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?

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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.

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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?
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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

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Elder Law for North Carolina on
Q: How do I check to see if my step mother has petitioned to the clerk regarding my Father’s ( her husband) mental capacit?

I live in Canada and my Father is a US Citizen in North Carolina and there is an issue of trust

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answered on Oct 10, 2023

In North Carolina, to check if your stepmother has filed a petition regarding your father's mental capacity, you can contact the Clerk of Superior Court's office in the county where your father resides. They manage guardianship and competency proceedings. Remember, guardianship... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can parents stop you from buying something with your own work money, and if you do buy it, can they take it. Child is 16
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answered on Sep 14, 2023

Parents generally have legal authority and control over their minor child's actions, including managing their finances and possessions. They can restrict or take away items purchased with the child's money if they believe it's in the child's best interest or for disciplinary... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for North Carolina on
Q: If a building inspector deems a house is against the building code, will they get dss involved for child safety?
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answered on Sep 13, 2023

A building inspector's primary role is to assess and enforce compliance with building codes and regulations related to the structural and safety aspects of a building or dwelling. Building inspectors typically focus on issues such as structural integrity, electrical systems, plumbing, and fire... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Real Estate Law and Family Law for North Carolina on
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 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 and Family Law for North Carolina on
Q: I have joint custody with my ex. He recently moved and won’t provide his new address

I have primary custody he only receives visitation every other weekend. I asked for the new address and he refuses to send it. Does he have to give me the new address before I release her into his custody?

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answered on Jul 7, 2023

if your ex is refusing to provide you with his new address in violation of your custody agreement or court order, you may have legal options available to address the situation. You have grounds to take legal action, such as filing a motion with the court to enforce the custody agreement or seeking... 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 Child Support, Family Law and Public Benefits for North Carolina on
Q: For NC if my child gets Medicaid do i have to put my bd on child support ? What if i don’t want & we have agreement

Can i just take my child off Medicaid ? Or are there other options

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answered on Jun 13, 2023

In North Carolina Child Support Enforcement Services must, by law, seek support from the non-custodial parent when a child receives some sort of public assistance, including Medicaid. You, as the custodial parent, cannot waive this even if you do have an agreement that states otherwise. The amount... 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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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 Family Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Child Custody for North Carolina on
Q: At my adjucation hearing 1st time on, CPS filed for non-secure custody on half truths and lies that I can prove...

Says CPS worker saw me alone with my 2.5yr old. Failed to say where or who saw me. It was the supervisor and we were walking at home on the drive. My mother and 7mth old not far behind but around the bend you couldn't see. She willfully failed to discharge her duties to make sure I wasn't... View More

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John Michael Frick
answered on Apr 28, 2023

You should have presented that evidence in your adjudication hearing for the court’s consideration. If you did not, you may have missed the opportunity to do so.

If you did present that evidence during the hearing, you can appeal the court decision.

As for “filing” against...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for North Carolina on
Q: If a man abandons or signs over his rights to a previous daughter, will a judge grant custodial rights of our children?

He was physically active in his previous daughters life for several years then decided to sign over rights because he did not want to pay child support. WE ARE LOCATED IN NC

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answered on Apr 18, 2023

A judge will look at the totality of the circumstances and decide what's in the "best interest" of the child who is the subject of the custody litigation. In theory, terminating a parent's rights for one child could be in that child's best interest, while giving the same... View More

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