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Rice Family Law Divorce

Divorce

To get a divorce in North Carolina, the courts require that spouses be legally separated for more than one year and one of the spouses must have...
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Rice Family Law Separation

Legal Separation

In North Carolina, legal separation occurs on the date that husband and wife move into separate residences, with one having the intent to continue living...
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Rice Family Law Annulment

Annulment

Only void and voidable marriages may be annulled in North Carolina.   Voidable marriages A voidable marriage is valid until successfully attacked by one of the...
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Property Settlement

In North Carolina, property is equitably distributed at the end of a marriage if properly requested. Division of property, also called equitable distribution of property,...
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Rice Family Law Alimony

Post Separation Support & Alimony

Alimony is based on the reasoning that a supporting spouse has an absolute obligation to support a dependent spouse. Either husband or wife may request...
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child custody & visitation

Child Custody & Visitation

North Carolina courts determine child custody according to the best interest of the child. And parental decision-making authority and visitation rights are specified in child...
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Rice Family Law Child Support

Child Support

The cost of child support varies depending on the child custody situation and the parties’ income and expenses. Calculating child support To calculate approximate child...
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Rice Family Law Consent For Health Care

Consent To Health Care For Minors

North Carolina law allows a parent to delegate decisions relating to health care for their child to another adult while they are unavailable. A parent...
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Legitimation

North Carolina law distinguishes between legitimate and illegitimate children. For a child born out of wedlock to enjoy all the privileges, rights and benefits granted...
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Adoption

Adoption is a profound way to create a family for those wishing to do so. Adoption Adoption in North Carolina comes in many forms and...
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Termination Of Parental Rights

A parent’s rights may be terminated for abuse, neglect, abandonment, failure to pay child support, and other reasons Grounds for termination of parental rights A...
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Rice Family Law Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a serious national problem. Every fifteen seconds, a woman is physically assaulted within her home and her children are negatively affected by...
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Military Domestic Violence

Domestic violence among families of military personnel is more prevalent than in civilian families and often fatal. The New York Times, and other news outlets...
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Cohabitant Rights

Approximately 12 states recognize commmon law marriage. North Carolina is not one of those states. Reported in the 2000 United States Census, there were 5.2 million...
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Petition To Partition

When a co-owner refuses to buy you out or sell, you can have the Court split or force a sale of the property. Lawsuit to...
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Rice Family Law Prenup

Pre-Nuptial & Post-Nuptial Agreements

Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements are intended to guard the individual rights of both husband and wife. Rice Law attorneys work with clients considering marriage and...
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Rice Family Law Alienation Of Affection

Alienation Of Affection & Criminal Conversation

Alienation of Affections & Criminal Conversation lawsuits are allowed in North Carolina to preserve the sanctity of marriage and the institution of the family. It...
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