What is Collaborative Divorce? 

Sep 13 2020 | Courtney Smith

What is Collaborative Divorce?  Never heard of Collaborative Divorce? I’m not surprised. Unfortunately, it is rare that I meet with a client who has ever heard the term. I want to change that because I truly believe that Collaborative Divorce is the best way for...

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Family Law Q&A – Part III

Aug 28 2020 | Courtney Smith

Family Law Q&A – Part III Family law Q&A with Courtney Smith, Charlotte Family Law Specialist with Tin, Fulton, Walker & Owen. Question: How much does a lawyer cost for a custody case? Answer: Typically family law attorneys charge for t...

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Family Law Q&A – Part II

Aug 24 2020 | Courtney Smith

Family Law Q&A – Part II Family law Q&A with Courtney Smith, Charlotte Family Law Specialist with Tin, Fulton, Walker & Owen. Question: My 15 year-old daughter is pregnant and the father of the child has not been in the picture for 8 months. My daughter...

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Family Law Q&A – Part I

Aug 17 2020 | Courtney Smith

Family Law Q&A – Part I Family law Q&A with Courtney Smith, Charlotte Family Law Specialist with Tin, Fulton, Walker & Owen. Question: How do you determine marital equity in a house I owned prior to marriage? I bought my house in 2003. I go...

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Third Party / Non-Parent Custody

Oct 25 2019 | Courtney Smith

Third Party / Non-Parent Custody According to the North Carolina General Statutes, a custody action may be initiated by any “parent, relative, or other person, agency, organization, or institution claiming the right to custody of a minor child.”  N.C.G.S...

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Local Resources for Victims of Domestic Violence

Oct 22 2019 | Courtney Smith

Local Resources for Victims of Domestic Violence I have come to notice a trend among victims of domestic violence; most people I meet with who are experiencing domestic violence, whether male or female, tend to minimize the seriousness of the situation. Time and time again...

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Same Sex Couples

Oct 17 2019 | Courtney Smith

Same Sex Couples In 2014, the Fourth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals struck down a ruling that banned gay marriage. This ruling was then presented to the Supreme Court for review, however the Court denied review. Accordingly, the Fourth Circuit’s opinion...

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How to Craft a Great Holiday Visitation Schedule

Oct 15 2019 | Courtney Smith

How to Craft a Great Holiday Visitation Schedule In coming up with a schedule for how to share time with your children over the holidays, don’t assume that there is a rubber stamp to be applied to the situation. Many attorneys fall into the habit of pushing the same...

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My Ex is Crazy! Tips for Handling Divorce and Co-Parenting with a High Conflict Ex-Spouse

Oct 09 2019 | Courtney Smith

My Ex is Crazy! Tips for Handling Divorce and Co-Parenting with a High Conflict Ex-Spouse Dealing with issues like divorce, child support, and child custody are difficult enough, but throw in a high-conflict ex-spouse, and the situation can become a constant, stressful nig...

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FAQ- Separation Agreements

Oct 07 2019 | Courtney Smith

FAQ- Separation Agreements Frequently Asked Questions about Separation Agreements What is the difference between a separation agreement/contract and a court order? A contract is a private agreement made between two or more parties which is not ever signe...

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