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Children prefer to live with both parents, study finds

You're divorcing, and you have to consider what's best for your children. You want to create a parenting arrangement that gives them time with you and your spouse, but you don't want to overwhelm them. What's the right thing to do?

A study from 2015 found that children do best when they spend time living with both of their parents, contrary to the arrangements many create. While parents might think it's easier to place a child in sole custody with only visitation with the other parent, the truth is that shared custody can be more beneficial to the mental health of a child.

Separating and determining child custody arrangements

When you separate from your spouse, one of the things that might become an issue is your child custody arrangement. If you're only separated, how do you create a plan that works for you?

As your child's parent, it's in your best interest to work with your spouse to come up with a parenting plan in your child's best interests. The court will determine a plan in your child's interest if you can't do so yourselves. Even though you are only separated, a parenting plan needs to be arranged.

Divorce could actually improve health, according to study

If you're getting a divorce or considering one, one of the things you might recall is that people have, for many years, stated that being in a marriage is healthier for you. That could make you feel like you're failing or that you need to work harder, but the truth is that not all marriages are meant to last. While you work with your attorney on the specifics of your divorce, keep this interesting study in mind.

Some new research may help you on your way to acceptance. According to a Feb. 8 report, it's true that both marriage and divorce, along with their transitions, do impact women over the age of menopause. Blood pressure and body mass index, or BMI, tend to increase or worsen if a woman marries. Comparatively, a woman who gets a divorce or separates from a partner tends to see improvements in her blood pressure and BMI.

Protect your assets during divorce with these helpful tips

You're going through a divorce, and you know that there has to be some give and take. Although that's the case, the last thing you want is to be back to square one financially. So, how can you prevent your spouse from getting more than his fair share? Here are a few ways to protect your finances.

First, make sure you know what you own. Separate marital property from personal property. Clarifying this information helps a judge understand what actually can be split in a marriage and which assets should remain yours alone.

Here's why you should consider a legal separation

Are there benefits to seeking a legal separation instead of divorce? Yes. In fact, a legal separation doesn't actually end your marriage. Since you haven't ended your marriage, you can often stay on your spouse's health insurance and still keep other spousal benefits.

A legal separation works well as a precursor to divorce, especially if you feel you may continue your marriage. Although the separation does allow you to split your assets and to put together a separation agreement, you could choose to move back in together and still be married later.

How to arrange your child custody schedule: 2 primary options

When you're considering how to arrange your child's custody schedule, it's important to know the ways you can go about it. You can either work with the other parent to arrange a schedule you both agree on or allow a judge to make the determination for you.

In most cases, you'll have joint legal custody. This is when a mother and father share time with their children. You also both make decisions for the welfare of your children, so you need to talk to one another about medical issues, schooling concerns and more. If you're in a situation where your spouse is not fit to raise a child, then you can pursue sole custody.

Getting a divorce? Are you a mom? Here's something to think about

If you're ready to go through a divorce, there are a few issues you need to address as a mother. First, you'll need to think about what's going to happen with your marital property. Do you want the spousal home to raise your children in? It's possible, but you may also want to consider the debts you share with your spouse and how taking on a mortgage could affect your finances. You may also want to discuss how you can split financial assets like retirement accounts or savings accounts.

Spousal support can sometimes be a sore subject, but it's something you need to bring up. If you have been a stay-at-home parent for some time, it's likely that you'll need time to find work or additional income to make up for your spouse's lost income. Financial support is supposed to help you get back on your feet, and it's not the same as the child support you may also be requesting. If you want both spousal support and child support, remember to produce your financial documents when you see your attorney. The custodial parent typically receives child support, but the amount can vary by case.

What can you do if your ex won't pay child support?

When you receive child support, you need to know that it is going to be on time. If it won't be, then you should know why and if you need to take steps to have it enforced.

If your ex-spouse is asked to pay child support, you should receive it in accordance to your divorce papers and child support order. Payment arrangements are set up, so the money might be sent by check or be directly deposited into your accounts.

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