North Carolina Family Law

North Carolina laws are created and revised by the actions of lawmakers and the courts, as in other states. Click on the links below to learn more information.

1.State statute
2. Fault or no-fault (typically when a state allows fault based and no-fault divorce, fault based divorces require no separation period. No-fault
3. Equitable distribution or community property Equitable Distribution
a. Methods of apportionment
i. Periera and Van Camp in CA
b. Property distribution factors
4. Legal separation?
a. Waiting period/Separation period 1 year
5. Is mediation required
6. Forms used
7. Alimony guidelines and factors
Alimony formula
a. Types
b. Term Limits
Cohabitation Automatic modification upon remarriage or cohabitation of recipient (NC ST § 50-16.9)
c. Imputing income
d. Change in circumstances Bills proposed to terminate alimony upon retirement
e. Ceases on retirement
Impute income on early retirement Osborne v. Osborne, 129 N.C. App. 34, 497 S.E.2d 113 (1998);
Early retirement for health reasons is involuntary
f. Definition of income
8. Child support factors and guidelines
9. Child support calculator
10. Lump Sum  Support allowed? General Statutes Section 50-16.1
11. Valuation
a. Valuation date Trial
b. Goodwill divisibility All goodwill is divisible - Poore v. Poore, 75 N.C. App. 414, 331 S.E.2d 266 (1985)
c. Standard of value Investment value
d. Discounts
e. Shareholder/partner agreements Should be considered - Poore v. Poore, 75 N.C. App. 414, 331 S.E.2d 266 (1985)
 12. Double dip  
 a. Stock options  
 b. Retirement accounts  
 c. Child support
 13. Key cases  
 14. Premarital agreements  "Uniform Pre-Marital Agreement Act adopted.  A premarital agreement can modify or eliminate spousal support NC ST § 52B-4"
 15. Common law  


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