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Board Certified Family Law Specialist Matt Arnold answers the question: “Can I keep my Kids from seeing the other parent?”

A child born during a marriage is automatically considered an heir to both parties of the marriage. However, when a child is born to unmarried parents, the father should establish paternity (the unmarried mother is legally considered the parent).

Board Certified Family Law Specialist Matt Arnold answers the question: “What does a “No-Fault’ divorce mean in NC?”

Mediation and arbitration are two alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods available in some family law cases in North Carolina. These two forms of ADR allow the parties to settle a dispute without court interference.

Board Certified Family Law Specialist Matt Arnold answers the question: “How can an attorney help me with my Divorce or Separation in North Carolina?”

If you are worried about the welfare of a child, you could be able to file for emergency custody in North Carolina. In fact, under North Carolina, a petition for emergency custody can be filed by parents, grandparents, siblings, and other immediate family members.

Board Certified Family Law Specialist Matt Arnold answers the question: “What can I do to gain custody of my child in North Carolina?”

There is a special bond between grandparents and their grandchildren. Their relationship is based on love and appreciation. For this reason, many grandparents wonder, “Do I have any visitation rights as a grandparent in North Carolina?

Board Certified Family Law Specialist Matt Arnold answers the question: ” I’m considering separating from my spouse; what actions should I refrain from doing?”

It is not uncommon for spouses who become “legally separated” to reconcile instead of filing for divorce. Under North Carolina law, a couple must be separated for one year and a day before they can seek a divorce.

Board Certified Family Law Specialist Matt Arnold answers the question: “Do I need an attorney to get a Divorce in North Carolina?”

Initial consultations are critically important in the early stages of the divorce process for potential clients to get the unique opportunity to ask questions and get legal advice on their particular situation. However, many people leave their consultation only to think of questions they forgot to ask or follow-up questions to topics discussed.

Board Certified Family Law Specialist Matt Arnold answers the question: “What can I do to gain custody of my child in North Carolina?”

When a court issues a child custody order, the parents must fulfill their parental obligations and comply with the order. Unfortunately, a parent may refuse to honor their custody obligations. When this happens, the other parent has a right to enforce the child custody order and hold the non-compliant parent accountable for their failure to abide by the rules.

Board Certified Family Law Specialist Matt Arnold answers the question: “How can an attorney help me with my Divorce or Separation in North Carolina?”

If you are contemplating a divorce in North Carolina, you may be considering your options to resolve your disputes with the spouse. Often, couples think that going to court is their only option to get a divorce in North Carolina. However, that is not true. There are two viable alternatives to divorce litigation — a separation agreement and consent order. But what is the difference between the two?

Board Certified Family Law Specialist Matt Arnold answers the question: “Does adultery affect who gets custody?”

You have been denied child custody/visitation!” is one of the worst things a parent can hear. Losing or being denied custody is never easy, but do not panic. You may still be able to get back your custody or visitation rights in North Carolina.

Board Certified Family Law Specialist Matt Arnold answers the question: “What can I do to gain custody of my child in North Carolina?”

Under North Carolina law, non-parents and third parties can seek custody of a minor child. N.C.G.S. § 50-13.1 reads that a proceeding for child custody can be initiated by:

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