Going through a divorce can be both painful and chaotic. Even thinking about a divorce can provide more than its share of angst. In the midst of all this, hard legal issues have to be dealt with. At Morgenstern Associates, our Greensboro divorce lawyers have spent over 45 years helping clients with everything from the filing to working out all the issues that must be dealt with in a settlement.
Our founder, Barbara Morgenstern, instills her philosophy in the firm. She believes in presenting realistic alternatives to clients in order to cause as little harm as possible during the process. This holds true for all of our cases. We want to represent you in a way that achieves your goals but avoids any legal pitfalls.
The state of North Carolina offers the option of no-fault divorce. This means that no one has to prove the other spouse did anything wrong. It is a process that can work for couples with children, who may want to protect kids from hearing negative things about either parent. No-fault divorce can be chosen by any couple that simply wants to get through a difficult time with as little strife as possible.
There are requirements for a no-fault filing, however. The couple must be separated for a period of one year. The spouse that moves out must make it clear to the other spouse that they are doing so with the intention of eventually ending the marriage.
In situations where one spouse earns the lion’s share of household income, spousal support payments can be negotiated for this one-year separation period. It’s also possible to file for divorce on fault-based grounds.
The North Carolina version of this is officially called divorce from bed and board, and it can apply in circumstances that include abuse, addiction, and infidelity. A Greensboro divorce attorney can advise on whether each specific situation can qualify for divorce on these grounds and what it will take to prove it.
Morgenstern Associates vigorously advocates for our clients everywhere from the mediation room to the negotiating table, to a North Carolina court of law. Call today at (336) 565-7655 or fill out our online contact form to set up a consultation.
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Every couple’s marriage and possessions are unique, but the issues that that have to be worked out in a divorce include property division, alimony, child custody, and child support.
Property division requires a fair and equitable distribution of everything ranging from the house to the stocks, to any investments, and all the items within the home. North Carolina law can be nuanced in what belongs to each spouse and our Greensboro divorce lawyers are skilled at advocating on behalf of our clients.
Alimony is the legal means by which spouses can continue living in the manner they were accustomed to during the marriage—or at least as reasonably close to that level as possible. It is most commonly applied in situations where one spouse had a significantly higher income. North Carolina law values all contributions to a marriage equally, regardless of whether there was financial renumeration. Alimony is meant to put each spouse on a level playing field.
Child Support is legally distinct from alimony. While both are payments that one spouse makes to the other, child support is designed exclusively to meet the costs associated with raising children. The money must be used for that purpose.
The amount paid out in child support will hinge, at least to some extent on the decisions made regarding Child Custody. The divorce settlement must decide where the children will live and how decision making authority on matters ranging from where to go to school, to managing medical care to religious upbringing will be handled.
Morgenstern Associates understands the wide range of factors that go into resolving all of these issues, because our attorneys have seen so many cases come before it. Every circumstance is unique, but that experience helps us understand what questions have to be asked and what issues need to be raised before any settlement is agreed to. We aim for a settlement that can be negotiated, but we’re prepared to go to our court if that’s what it takes to protect our clients’ interests.
From our Greensboro office, we serve people throughout Guilford County and all of Rockingham County and Alamance County.
Ashley Bennington went to bat for me and 100% knocked it out of the park. She was able to not only get my case dismissed, but was able to draw up a resolution that previous lawyers told me was a long shot to impossible.Joe F.