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CHILD SUPPORT: SECTION I – The Basics

  In North Carolina, Like many other states, a child support obligation is based on a set of uniform guidelines. However, this does not mean that child support cases are all the same. There are a variety of factors that may affect a child support case such as income...

Collaborative Law

Here in Alamance County, several local family law attorneys have come together to organize a collaborative law group so that we may offer our clients an alternative way to resolve their divorce-related conflicts. The Vernon Law Firm has been at the forefront of this...

What is a “Legitimation” and why does it matter?

Changing the name of your minor child seems like an easy process, however, many people are discouraged after completing the minor name change form only to discover an entirely different process - a Legitimation hearing is needed. Sometimes, if a minor name change form...

“Separation” versus “Abandonment”

In North Carolina, the only thing necessary for a legal separation is for one spouse to move out of the home without the intention of returning and resuming the marital relationship.   No legal documents are necessary (although separation agreements are often highly...

Family Law Questions and Answers

Do I need a formal court filing to initiate a separation from my spouse? No. In North Carolina, the date of separation is very important and can have major impacts on a person’s rights and responsibilities in a family law case. Pursuant to North Carolina General...