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Will I Have To Pay Alimony?

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Alimony is one of the aspects of divorce that concerns a lot of our workshop attendees. Paying money to someone you no longer love feels like being kicked when you are down. And if you’re not sure how you are going to make ends meet, the idea of paying someone is definitely going to cause … Read more

What Documents Will I Need For My Divorce?

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Divorce requires paperwork. Unfortunately, gathering up the paperwork and information you need can be difficult, especially if you’re not the person who manages those documents and accounts. Still, if you are thinking about divorce or have already decided on divorce, there are several items your lawyer and financial advisor will need. It’s best to track … Read more

Protecting Your Children During A Divorce

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Divorce is an epic split, often resulting in sadness, bitterness, anger and more. With all the rage, guilt and other terrible feelings, it’s easy for a couple to fight over just about everything, including the children. But what happens to those children as they see their parents fight about what they “deserve?” While your love … Read more

Can I Buy A New House After A Divorce?

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In our monthly divorce workshop, we hear a lot of the same concerns, fears, and questions. Divorce is a confusing time, and many people experiencing it have similar concerns. One our most frequently asked questions is about the house. Can I keep it? What about my credit? And also, can I buy a new home? As you … Read more

Can I Start Dating Before My Divorce Is Finalized?

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People often ask friends, family, and therapists when is the best time to date again after divorce. No matter the answer your heart tells you, there is one answer important to your legal proceedings: after the divorce is final. Dating while separated, but not yet divorced, can cause problems for your legal proceedings. In North Carolina, … Read more

How To Find A Divorce Attorney

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Choosing an attorney is difficult and it’s hard to know what questions to ask a divorce lawyer. You want to find someone who will be your advocate, fight for you, understand what you’re dealing with. You don’t want this person to be your therapist, but he/she will be privy to a lot of your personal … Read more

That “Easy Online Divorce” Isn’t So Easy

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Divorce is not an easy process. What if there were a better way?  There is! — At least if you believe some of the advertisements out there for an online divorce, or an “easy divorce.”  Once advertisers realize you are separated, you will probably start to see some of these advertisements. Some claim you can … Read more

Managing Through A Crisis

Is it just a coincidence that the month of April is both Financial Awareness Month AND Alcohol Awareness Month? What is divine providence trying to tell us? The answer lies in the similarities between people who struggle with addiction and people who struggle with finances. As a Financial Advisor and a parent of a child … Read more

3 Reasons You Should Hire a Probate Attorney

The process of administering the estate of a person who has passed away can be confusing and frustrating for the surviving family members. Hiring an attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced with estate administration can ease your frustrations and save time and money. Here’s how: Gain Knowledge. Your attorney knows what paperwork to complete and … Read more

Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way

No one likes to think about death – especially their own. However, good planning and preparation during life means one must address how one’s assets are distributed when they are no longer among the living. It’s not morbid, it’s responsible. That is what having a Will is all about! A Will speaks at the time … Read more

The Price Of Peace In A Marriage

Unraveling a lifetime, a marriage, and/or a family is a very serious and complicated matter. It comes with pain and expense. However, it does not have to come with a court hearing. In fact, there are many ways to resolve marital conflict that do not necessarily involve formal legal drafting, discovery and hearings. Those methods … Read more

Tips For Less Stress In Your Divorce

Going through a divorce is tough – keep your stress levels low with these tips from one of our attorneys, Tamara Brooks. Do not sign anything you do not read.  If you do not understand something you have read, find someone you trust to explain it to you. If you receive legal documents in the … Read more

Five Options for Your Separation and Divorce

You have options when it comes to your separation and divorce. Here are the five most common ways. 1. The Kitchen Table Approach Couples that communicate well can often work out a mutually convenient parenting plan for their children, make lists of their assets and debts, and determine how to divide them fairly. Sometimes, they … Read more

Why Do I Need A Separation Agreement?

Grounds for Divorce in Raleigh, North Carolina

There is a common myth that separating from your spouse means filing some sort of magical paperwork and you are “officially” separated.  The truth is, there is no official document to separate.  In North Carolina, you must be physically separated (can not be living in the same residence) for a year and a day and one party … Read more

COVID-19 And Parenting Plans

In the turbulent world we now live in, many customs and plans must change.  We all have to adjust while social distancing, working from home, wearing extraordinary personal protection equipment and taking precautions for health and safety.  In the world of Family Law and Child Custody, COVID-19 and changes have brought up a plethora of issues including … Read more

Custody Tips For Dads

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For Dads, custody can be difficult to win, even though the courts do not discriminate against dads. Whether you are a father going for full custody or joint custody, you should be prepared for a difficult child custody battle, especially if the child’s mother is also filing for custody. Consider the following tips to help … Read more

4 Reasons For A Prenup

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A prenup is a contract that kind of resembles a separation agreement. It has a preamble of “Whereas” this and that.  It talks about property like the house, bank accounts, retirement, alimony, and some child provisions. What it does?   A prenup, in advance, lays out what is yours and what is your spouse’s property, income, … Read more

Tips For Letting Go

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There is nothing easy about letting go, especially when you are downsizing, handling the estate of a loved one or dividing a household in divorce. People have a tendency to keep too much because they find comfort in the “things” and the memories that go with them. In a divorce, many of the items in … Read more

Child Custody And Planning For Summer

Believe it or not, summer is fast approaching. Before you know it, your kids will be out of school for the summer, and your normal custody arrangement will be changing for the summer. It’s especially important for divorced parents to plan ahead for the summer schedule. When creating your summer custody plans, it is possible … Read more

Divorce – The Four Pillar Approach

Divorce in North Carolina is governed by statutes and laws and is the legal end to a marriage and the rights that a marriage provides. It is the culmination of the required time of separation in North Carolina and the meeting of the statutory requirements for filing, serving, and granting of divorce. It can also … Read more

Conquering the Bar Exam During the Pandemic

For third year law students, the month of May is an exciting time of the year where a law student graduates and celebrates their hard work after surviving three long years of studies.  The celebration however, is usually only brief due to the approaching preparation period necessary for the July bar examination to become a … Read more

Adoptions In North Carolina

“Adoption means the creation by law of the relationship of parent and child between two individuals” – N.C. G. S § 48-1-101(2). North Carolina law succinctly defines adoption in its statutes as stated above. However, the act of adoption is so much more. Yes, it is a creation of the law with bureaucratic requirements and … Read more

Absolute Divorce

Our entire practice is devoted to divorce and family law. Our Raleigh family lawyers are dedicated to advocating for you so you can have the life you want and deserve. We have had several calls during this international crisis concerning separation and divorce.  If you are considering divorce or dealing with a legal problem involving … Read more

An Update On Custody Exchanges and COVID-19

The Wake County Family Court has issued a memo on court-ordered custody exchanges of minor children and how the COVID-19 pandemic affects it. The memo is below, or you can download the full PDF here. In light of Chief Justice Beasley’s recent announcement, the subsequent courtroom closures, and the new “stay at home” directives, we … Read more

A Message From Mary Gurganus

Your legal teams at Triangle Divorce Lawyers are working hard and able to consult with you by video conference, phone, and email. This will be our new normal during this viral outbreak, which we all hope will be over as soon as possible. If we can help in any way, please let us know. Our … Read more

Join Us For Free Legal Advice Day!

Come out and join Triangle Divorce Lawyers as we provide the Family Law area of advice for Free Legal Advice Day! This is a service provided to the community, and will be held at Chatham United Methodist Church on October 18th from noon to 8pm. The church’s address is 1826 Chatham Church Rd, Moncure, NC, … Read more

Join Us At Drive Shack 10/18 From 10-1!

Your local Better Business Bureau is turning 50 this year! To celebrate, they are partnering with Drive Shack in Raleigh for a fundraiser that benefits education. Three person teams will compete in a tournament-style “best ball” format on Drive Shack’s virtual 18 hole championship course. Prizes will be awarded to the best golfers, and there … Read more

Mary Gurganus Honored With Top 10 Female Attorney Award

The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of Mary Gurganus of Triangle Divorce Lawyers in Raleigh, NC, as one of the Top 10 Female Attorneys For Client Satisfaction. The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 … Read more

Can I Really Afford The House On My Own?

Often times, people want to simplify this question with “Yes, I can afford the mortgage.” There is so much more to look at than just the mortgage payment. There are also things to consider such as: Refinance Cost If you decide to keep the house after a divorce, you will most likely need to refinance … Read more

Mary Gurganus Awarded 2019 AIOFLA 10 Best In NC For Client Satisfaction

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The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of North Carolina’s Family Law Attorney Mary Gurganus as 2019 10 Best Family Law Attorney for Client Satisfaction. The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys … Read more

Modern Prenups and Milliennials

Most people think of a prenuptial agreement as a legal document for younger people with a valuable family trust fund to protect or some older person thinking about going into their second or third marriage. The need for a prenuptial agreement was also understandably less common in years past because people a generation or two … Read more

Five Money Questions For Women – 2/26 Event

Join our friends from Edward Jones at their event, “Five Money Questions For Women”, coming up on February 26th at 7pm. The event will be held at Party Delights, at 6150 Rogers Road in Wake Forest. To find out more or sign up, check out the link here: https://www.edwardjones.com/financial-advisor/rsvp-event.html?eventId=162635

Triangle Divorce Lawyers Honored with 2018 Law Firm 500 Award

Triangle Divorce Lawyers recently received the 2018 Law Firm 500 Award in honor of being one of fastest growing small law firms in the country. Triangle Divorce Lawyers has experienced exceptional growth through expanded services, a focus on achieving compassionate resolutions, and a proven record of efficient and positive case outcomes. Triangle Divorce Lawyers was … Read more

Triangle Divorce Lawyers 2018 Spring Equinox Event

One of the most valuable assets a law firm can provide to its client, other than legal advice, is a list of trusted referral partners who have proven themselves to past clients and dedicated themselves to providing the best customer service and experience for the clients that are personally referred to them. Triangle Divorce Lawyers … Read more

Valentine’s Day for Single Parents

Flowers, hearts, pink, red, roses, candy, cards and giant teddy bears. These are just a few things associated with Valentine’s Day, but they aren’t what Valentine’s Day is all about. Valentine’s Day is more than just about those heart shaped chocolate boxes, as delicious as they are. Sadly, for those without a significant other, Valentine’s … Read more

What to do When you Suspect Your Spouse is Concealing Marital Assets from You

By Steven Fultonberg CPA/CVA No one likes to imagine that someone is purposely deceiving them or hiding information from them, especially if such actions involve concealing assets in a marriage. If your spouse is becoming more secretive, erasing trails of certain shared finances and concealing marital assets, it could be a sign that that they … Read more

Top 5 Ways to Handle Bullying in the Family

Bullying is not something to be taken lightly, both is children, teens and adults. According to the American Psychological Association, Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort. Bullying can take the form of physical contact, words or more subtle actions. The bullied individual typically … Read more

National Family Fit Lifestyle Month 2018

The most common New Year’s Resolution in the United States (according to 2015 Nielsen Study) regards getting in shape, whether it be getting healthy, losing weight or toning up. January is the best time to jumpstart those healthy living goals, especially since January is National Family Fit Lifestyle Month. Most healthy living resolutions fail before … Read more

Celebrate Your Family History

November is Family Stories Month. Gather around the table and tell the stories that are rarely heard. While we’re usually focused on making a better life and future for our children, it’s important to be intentional about taking time to remember those people and times that influenced us to become who we are. As the … Read more

Top 7 Tips to Co-Parenting

Co-parenting takes the effort of both parents to be effective. Check out these 7 tips on effective co-parenting. 1. Be flexible with schedules. Your child’s life revolves around family, school and extracurriculars, and benefits when involved with special events at both households.  Keep an open mind about allowing the child to visit when out of … Read more

Your Child’s Divorce

Divorce is a difficult topic to discuss, but in a society where 40%-50% of married couples in the United States, according to the American Psychological Association, end up in divorce, it is inevitable not to discuss it. Children of divorced families have their own experience compared to the those getting divorced.  Often times because the … Read more

How disputes can make child exchanges dangerous

When North Carolina parents have ended their marriage, they will likely still share custody of their children. At some point, they must physically exchange custody. The actual exchange of the children can be dangerous, especially if one or both parents are not able to resolve their differences. Usually, the parenting agreement outlines the exact place … Read more

Grandparent visitation issues

In North Carolina and throughout the U.S., grandparents play an important part in the lives of their grandchildren. While relationships vary from family to family, in many cases, grandparents provide emotional assistance, child rearing help and even provide financial support. Due to the complexities of modern family life, there are situations in which an existing … Read more

Different types of visitation after a divorce

When North Carolina parents are going through a divorce, disagreements over custody and visitation are not uncommon. However, knowing what to expect might help both parents make the transition more smoothly. In some cases, courts will order fixed visitation for the noncustodial parent. This might be weekends, weekday evenings or merely holidays. This might be … Read more

Jolie-Pitt custody agreement extended

North Carolina fans of actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt may be following their divorce and dispute over child custody. On Sept. 14, there was allegedly an altercation on a private jet involving Pitt. Less than a week later, Jolie filed for divorce. Pitt has denied that such an incident took place. In the meantime, … Read more

Domestic violence and child custody issues

North Carolina parents who are getting a divorce and who are also dealing with domestic violence might want to consider some myths that surround abuse and child custody. For example, a separation does not always result in a child being safe from domestic violence. One expert says she has often seen a parent try to … Read more

Dividing retirement savings in a divorce

The National Center for Family & Marriage Research reports that twice as many adults over the age of 50 got divorced in 2014 compared to 1990, and the divorce rate for adults over 65 tripled. A survey also found that pensions and retirement accounts are among the most contested for this generation of divorcing spouses. … Read more

Figuring out the settlement agreement

A North Carolina divorce is seldom straightforward whether both parties want a simple resolution or not, as there are often several options for how to proceed. The problem is that each person might favor different ideas. In a hypothetical situation, a woman wants a divorce after a number of years of marriage. She has a … Read more

Lessons from high-profile divorces

North Carolina fans of actor Johnny Depp may have followed news of his divorce from Amber Heard. Depp is also selling off some of the paintings from his art collection, but insiders say it is probably not related to the divorce. Depp and Heard married in California, a community property state, and the marriage only … Read more

Preparing for divorce negotiations

North Carolina couples who are ending their marriages need to be ready for some changes. Divorces can have a significant impact on a person’s finances for years after the settlement is reached. Apart from the financial strain that a divorce can induce, negotiations over matters such as custody and visitation can be very stressful. People … Read more

Ending ongoing spousal support

When a couple in North Carolina divorces, one of the parties may be ordered to pay the other alimony. There are usually situations that signal an end to alimony payments like when the recipient remarries, but payments can continue for a long time in some cases. The actor David Hasselhoff has paid alimony to his … Read more

Summer Tax Checklist

Written By: David Amiss, CPA, CVA Carr, Riggs & Ingram, CPAs and Advisors New Year’s Resolutions and Spring Cleaning are initiatives that focus on motivating individuals to address a perceived need. Accordingly, the aim of this article is twofold. First, to convince you of the perceived need of giving your taxes adequate attention on the … Read more

Parental alienation issues in divorce cases

When a North Carolina judge deals with a contentious divorce situation involving issues such as one parent claiming that the other has abused their child, there can be challenges in assessing the validity of such a claim. In some cases, allegations of child abuse may be justified and accurate. In others, however, a parent may … Read more

Restraining Order: Criminal or Domestic?

Written by Daniel Johnson of Willis Johnson & Nelson When the tension of a relationship ending leads someone to react with violence or in a threatening manner, it is not uncommon for the criminal justice system to step in and place significant restrictions on an individual’s liberty through what are commonly referred to as “restraining … Read more

Financial planning important in divorce

North Carolina residents who are facing the end of their marriages should consider speaking to a financial adviser. This is a step many people put off until after the divorce, but at that point, they may have already made bad decisions that affect their future. When people have been less involved with the family finances, … Read more

Dealing with Taxes After Divorce

Residents of North Carolina who have gone through a divorce may soon need to adjust their approaches to filing their taxes. Perhaps the most important recent change is that a divorced party will now file as “single,” which means that records must be kept separately for use in the process of preparing a tax return. … Read more

Ways a parent can help their child through a divorce

Children of divorced parents in North Carolina often have a hard time understanding their parents’ decision to separate. Many children develop unhealthy thought patterns after the divorce when they start blaming themselves or taking sides with one parent. Parents can help their children through this difficult time by refraining from negative talk about the other … Read more

The Many Feelings of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day comes a week after this year’s Super Bowl, and rightly so, as it is the Super Bowl of feelings. Whether you admit it or not, everyone has “feelings” on Valentine’s Day. You may be the person with the highest of expectations, demanding roses and chocolates followed by a romantic dinner at a restaurant … Read more

Shepherd appealing parenting and support decision

North Carolina fans of “The View” may be familiar with the child support issues facing 48-year-old Sherri Shepherd, a former host of the television program. She went to court to challenge her responsibility for her child born through surrogacy, and the Pennsylvania Superior Court deemed her contract and child support obligations to be valid. The … Read more

Losing the Dead Weight for the New Year!

January is the time for New Year’s Resolutions, and if you are like me, weight loss is at the top of your list. By all means, proceed with the usual weight loss goals, but this year also make plans to drop a different type of weight… the emotional dead weight that may be holding you … Read more

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