Domestic Violence

Sep 29 2019 | Courtney Smith

Domestic Violence The staggering statistics surrounding domestic violence have not gone unnoticed by the North Carolina legislature and thus our courts have developed a mechanism for helping victims of domestic violence. This mechanism is the 50B Domestic Violen...

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What does it really mean to make a decision that is in the best interests of your child?

Sep 25 2019 | Courtney Smith

What does it really mean to make a decision that is in the best interests of your child? I regularly advise my clients that when it comes to matters involving custody and co-parenting, so long as you make decisions that are in...

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How to deal with inflammatory and accusatory communications from your co-parent

Sep 22 2019 | Courtney Smith

How to deal with inflammatory and accusatory communications from your co-parent Recently, I attended a great continuing legal education seminar entitled “Managing High Conflict People: Advanced Skills for Family Law Prof...

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Do I really need a Charlotte lawyer for a divorce?

Sep 15 2019 | Courtney Smith

Do I really need a Charlotte lawyer for a divorce? Simply put, yes, you do. Why? Because you don’t know what you don’t know. And I know you are smart enough to know that not everything you read on the internet is t...

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Set Emotions Aside and Learn to Get Along with Your Ex for your Child’s Sake

Sep 11 2019 | Courtney Smith

Set Emotions Aside and Learn to Get Along with Your Ex for your Child’s Sake Ending a marriage can be incredibly traumatic and emotional, particularly if you were blindsided when you learned that your spouse wanted to se...

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The most difficult conversation you will ever have with your children

Sep 09 2019 | Courtney Smith

The most difficult conversation you will ever have with your children I think it is a natural human reaction to, once the decision has been made to separate, want to immediately take some action toward that plan, such as movin...

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Custody Disputes & Modern Families

Sep 04 2019 | Courtney Smith

Custody Disputes & Modern Families The old school picture of what a family is “supposed” to look like is a thing of the past. Today’s families are unique and different and present some novel legal issues, particularly as it relates to same-sex couples who st...

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Should I stay for the children in an unhappy marriage?

Sep 02 2019 | Courtney Smith

Should I stay for the children in an unhappy marriage? Parent in an unhappy marriage- stay for the children? Many parents decide to remain in an unhappy marriage thinking their children are better off with two parents under on...

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Grandparents’ Custody and Visitation Rights

Aug 27 2019 | Courtney Smith

Grandparents’ Custody and Visitation Rights Grandparents do have rights when it comes to custody and visitation with their minor grandchildren. However, it is important to note that North Carolina law distinguishes betwe...

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Things to think about prior to separation

Aug 24 2019 | Courtney Smith

Things to think about prior to separation If you find yourself in a place where you know that your marriage has come to an end, you probably have many questions about how to go about separating from your spouse. This is a difficult time, especially if you have children. It...

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