Why Do I Have to Pay Child Support if I Can’t See My Child?

One of the most common questions I receive as a family law attorney is: “The mother/father of my child isn’t letting me see them, so why do I have to pay child support?” In North Carolina, as in many other states, child support is a separate issue from custody arrangements. It’s not uncommon for one parent to withhold custody from the other, leaving many wondering why child support payments are still required in such circumstances. In this blog post, I will explore the legal perspective in North Carolina and shed light on why child support obligations persist even when custody … Continue reading

Does My Spouse Have to Pay for Half of My Student Loans in North Carolina?

It should come as no surprise that more and more people are going to college. According to the Education Data Initiative (EDI), 40% of 18-24 year olds attend at least some kind of post-high school education. And with higher enrollment rates comes more and more student loan debt, and North Carolina is no exception. Also according to the EDI, borrowers in North Carolina borrow an average of $38,134 to attend college, and the number is even higher for advanced degrees such as law, medical and graduate programs. These ever-increasing student loans are carried into, or taken out during, marriage. One … Continue reading