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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...