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King @ Law’s Legal Fees

The Status Quo Most divorce attorneys charge $200-$300 per-hour, plus expenses. The client makes an up-front cash deposit of $3-$7k. Then, the firm bills their hours and expenses against the deposit. King @ Law doesn’t do this. Here’s why: In anonymous surveys, the majority of lawyers admit to billing for fake hours The client is almost always surprised by the …

In Brief: Out-of-Court Divorce Negotiations

Introduction Negotiating the terms of your divorce without the court’s involvement can save you years in delays, tens of thousands of dollars in attorney fees, and a lot of frustration. However, arguing with your spouse over the phone without any lawyers or mediators involved is unlikely to be effective. In fact, it’s often counterproductive and escalates disputes to the courtroom …

In Brief: Marital Misconduct in a North Carolina Divorce

Introduction “Marital misconduct” as a legal term includes the nine things listed in sub-section 3 here. These include maliciously locking a spouse out of the house, committing crimes leading to jail time, cheating, and extraordinary indignities among others. Only those nine things defined as misconduct can impact an alimony claim. However, battery, defamation, and cheating can lead to other, separate …

In Brief: Alimony in North Carolina

Introduction Alimony is one of the biggest toss-ups in North Carolina divorce law. How much monthly alimony is owed and for how long depends on sixteen factors. However, even though each judge is applying the same sixteen factors, the alimony awarded in similar circumstances varies greatly from one county to the next, or even from one judge to the next. …

In Brief: Child Custody in North Carolina

Introduction Custody is determined based on whatever a judge feels is in the child(ren)’s best interest. In most cases, if neither parent is a danger to the child(ren), the parents will share responsibility for making major decisions in the child’s life. Then, the child will primarily live with one or both parents depending on which parent(s) are competent caretakers. Legal …

In Brief: Child Support in North Carolina

Introduction Generally, child support is calculated using worksheets provided by the state of North Carolina. These worksheets are simply called Worksheet A (for primary custody) and Worksheet B (for shared custody). The Worksheets The worksheets are intended to forecast the money a spouse would have spent on their child(ren) had they remained married. It does this by calculating the income …

In Brief: Property and Debt in a North Carolina Divorce

Introduction When a marriage is dissolved, the property and debt of the spouses has to be divided in a way that’s fair. This is called “equitable distribution.” Most property or debt is divided 50/50, regardless of which spouse’s name is on the title, deed, or account. However, there are many rules and exceptions. Marital Property North Carolina courts start with …

In Brief: Simple, Uncontested Divorce in North Carolina

Introduction North Carolina provides a 51-page Divorce Packet with information about simple, uncontested divorces. They also offer a “Guide and File” system that attempts to create your legal documents for you automatically. King @ Law offers its own in-depth guide to simple divorces as well. In contrast to these resources, this post will provide a brief, simple overview. Divorce Filings …

Example Documents for Simple Uncontested Divorces in North Carolina

Introduction This post provides a list of the documents needed for a simple, uncontested divorce in North Carolina. For each document, it provides a link to the court’s standard form or a template example. However, please note that the process for getting a divorce decree may vary from one courthouse to the next and even from one person to the …