LEGAL SEPARATION AND DIVORCE
The decision to end a marriage is a difficult one, even for couples who are very unhappy together. It will change almost every area of your life; sometimes in ways you don’t expect.
Many couples go into divorce wanting to work things out in a friendly manner, believing that they can reach agreement. Despite good intentions, that doesn't always happen. Emotions are stirred up, tempers flare, and what began as a conversation ends in a shouting match. That's why it's valuable to work with an experienced divorce lawyer right from the start.
In North Carolina you can’t get a divorce until you have been legally separated for a minimum of one year. This means the divorce begins with a legal separation agreement which addresses issues pertaining to mortgage payments, division of marital assets/property, child custody/visitation, etc.
Family court requires mediation whenever a divorce lawsuit has been filed. At the Law Office of Nichóle B. Greene, PLLC, we are active participants in that process, gathering evidence and providing counsel to ensure our clients' interests are protected. Many cases do not get resolved in mediation, but the effort is often worthwhile because it helps to define issues and areas of agreement.
Property division is a significant area of disagreement. The most important first step is getting an accurate assessment of the family assets. For those with large estates, this will require the help of financial experts and forensic economists. Valuing personal property, businesses, and pensions is complex. And every asset is not the same when it comes to taxation. Your agreement on alimony may be affected by a decision about property division as well.
At Greene Law Offices, PLLC, our Attorneys will be the assertive advocate for their client’s interests in negotiation, mediation, and litigation in divorce court. Contact our office today.