North Carolina is a “no fault” state where divorce is based on one year of separation. The entry of a judgment of an absolute divorce is a relatively simple process, but the effects are significant if you have not included additional claims to protect your rights. The failure to make claims for equitable distribution or alimony prior to the entry of a divorce judgment will generally exclude your right to assert certain claims.
There are certain things that can be done or should be left undone that could materially prejudice your financial and legal standing. Our initial consultation will cover these in more detail, but beware the following divorce traps:
Wire taps to obtain evidence: The technology of eavesdropping and wire tapping, while very sophisticated, can result in severe sanctions including both fines and imprisonment.
Privacy of E-Mail: Is spyware recording and transmitting every key stroke you make on your home computer?
Joint Credit Cards/Equity Lines: Don’t get stuck with open-ended charge cards or equity lines which you didn’t even know about.
Personal possessions: What to do to secure family heirlooms and other special property items.
Financial Records: How to preserve valuable financial records before the opportunity is lost
Domestic Criminal Trespass: How you can avoid being put in jail for going back to the home you own.
Personal Papers, Address Books, Diaries and Journals: Are these sufficiently safeguarded?
Withdrawing/Removing Funds: Are your depository accounts at risk?
Cash Value of Life Insurance Policies: Could these be withdrawn without your knowledge?
Termination or Cancellation of Health Insurance Coverage on a Non-employee Spouse: Are you at risk of being dropped from coverage?
Knowing What you Really are Responsible For: Are you aware of all of the credit accounts that may be open in your name or for which you are a responsible party?
Mailing Address: Is your mail being diverted?
Dating: When is it okay to date?
Judgments Against Real Estate: Can your spouse’s debt result in a judgment against your interest in real estate?
College Expense: Will your spouse be responsible for college educational expenses?
Temporary Separation: Can you separate quickly before all of the final details of a separation agreement and property settlement are worked out?
Let M. Douglas Berry an experienced Greensboro divorce lawyer, guide you through the process of filing for divorce in North Carolina. Douglas serves clients in High Point, Winston Salem, Burlington and Asheboro. Call 877-361-0529 or contact M. Douglas Berry online to schedule an initial consultation today.