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When can child support be modified?

As a parent, your first priority is taking care of your children. However, circumstances can change. Perhaps your child wants to move in with you, or you were laid off. Different situations create a need to re-examine child support payments. Here are the reasons you can request a child support modification in North Carolina.

3 key tips to help divorcees make it through Valentine’s Day

If you’ve recently gone through a divorce, Valentine’s Day can be a major downer. Turn on the TV, listen to the radio or walk into any store, and you’re immediately assaulted with romantic movies, heart-shaped balloons and a reminder to do something special for your sweetie. It can feel like a societal conspiracy to add salt to your already open, heartbroken wound.

But you have a choice. You can buy into the pervasive marketing ploy designed to make you believe that everyone but you is happy and in love. Or you can view the holiday for what it is: an opportunity for florists and chocolatiers to make some money.

Drunk driving accidents dangerously high on Super Bowl Sunday

This Sunday marks the 53rd annual Super Bowl. If you're like most Americans, you probably have a tradition for celebrating this day. It might involve tailgating, heading to a neighborhood bar or attending a viewing party at a friend's house.

Regardless of where you watch the big game, Super Bowl festivities tend to have one thing in common: alcohol. And because Super Bowl celebrations tend to last for hours, so too does the drinking. In fact, alcohol consumption is so high on Super Bowl Sunday, this day has become one of the drunkest days of the year.

Can furloughed employees get a break from paying child support?

The partial government shutdown has been in effect for nearly a month now. More than 800,000 federal employees—not to mention many other government contractors—have been attempting the impossible: to survive without pay for an indefinite amount of time.

Many Americans have less than $400 saved away for a rainy day, so getting by with no money coming in is extraordinarily challenging for the average Joe. Concerns over how you’ll pay your mortgage or buy groceries are bad enough. But if you also owe child support on top of that, the implications of non-payment could be even more devastating.

Should you move closer to your children's school?

Divorced fathers who share custody of their children have a lot to balance when it comes to co-parenting and sharing time. This is especially difficult when your children are school-aged. If your new home after your divorce is further from your children's school than where you lived before, you may be thinking about relocating.

There are many reasons for doing this: too much time spent commuting, not enough neighborhood children near your new place, fewer opportunities for spontaneous play dates with school friends. It can all be exhausting.

Don't take unnecessary personal risks on New Year's Eve

2019 is nearly upon us. It's almost time to ring in the new year with family and friends, and a glass-or several-of champagne.

While celebrating the new year is a happy occasion for many, it's also a day of the year that can quickly lead to tragedy. New Year's Eve sees one of the highest rates of drunk driving all year-and traffic fatalities spike up to three times their usual rate on this day.

Christmas decorations that can put your baby at risk

With the holidays just around the corner, you may be busy getting all of your ducks in a row. There are cookies to bake, presents to wrap and carols to sing.

While many of these holiday traditions are perfectly safe for family members of all ages, others can be dangerous-or even deadly-to very young children. If you're hosting Christmas with a new baby in attendance, here are some steps you should take to make the holiday safe for the youngest member of the family:

5 holiday gift-giving tips for co-parents

Christmas following a divorce can be an extremely difficult time for co-parents. Each parent wants to create positive holiday memories with their children-and they may be tempted to over-indulge them in the process.

However, thoughtless actions or malicious feelings towards your ex can quickly lead to your child feeling anxious and isolated. Many co-parents don't realize the stress they inadvertently inflict on their children over the holidays.

Are you financially prepared for divorce?

Divorce can be complicated both financially and emotionally as you separate your lives and possessions. If you're contemplating a divorce, it's a good idea to take a look at your finances now to ensure you're on solid ground as you proceed.

Identifying what you have and recognizing the need for change will help you better prepare for what's ahead. Knowing where you stand can help you to be more practical in spite of the emotions you may be feeling.

Is property divided 50/50 in a North Carolina divorce?

If you're at the beginning of a divorce, you have some difficult decisions ahead of you. The process of disentangling your lives in divorce can be complicated and emotionally taxing. One of the more complex matters is dividing your assets.

To save yourself time and money, it's best if you can agree about how you'll divide the property with your soon-to-be-ex out of court. But if there's too much animosity and conflict, the court may need to be involved to make a decision on your behalf.

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