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Board Certified Family Law Specialist Matt Arnold being interviewed on the Legal Forum. This was recorded in Charlotte, North Carolina. Topics discussed include: How to choose a divorce lawyer? How long does a divorce take? How much does a divorce cost? When can a person get an annulment?

A recent survey by a company called FindTheHome set out to rank cities according to divorce rates. Specifically, the survey sought to identify the one city in each state with the most divorces, dubbing the city that state’s “capital of divorce.” The ranking was just released and the results indicate that in North Carolina, the capital is located in Thomasville.

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Charlotte Divorce Attorney Matthew R. Arnold of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question “What does uncontested divorce mean?”

Though it’s best when both sides know that a split is around the corner, it does happen on occasion that one party feels blindsided by the filing of divorce papers. They may have been happy while their partner was miserable, oblivious to the problems that had been lurking in the marriage. It can be hard to be the spouse who was caught unaware and it can take time to process.

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Matthew R. Arnold of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question “What can I do to gain custody of my child in North Carolina?”

It’s a common refrain among those in unhappy marriages: staying together for the sake of the kids is the right thing to do. Though it’s noble that parents are willing to sacrifice for the sake of their children, it has become clear that the sacrifice is not only not necessary, but apparently not useful. A recent study by Swedish researchers indicates that children who are the products of divorced parents turn out just as well as those with married parents. In this case, the conventional wisdom that smiling through a bad marriage is good for the kids appears not to be true.

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Charlotte Divorce Attorney Matt Arnold of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question: “What does a “No-Fault’ divorce mean in NC?”

Most people think that once a divorce is over, it’s over. After all, you’ve spent substantial time and money trying to undo your ties to another person, why would you continue to have contact once you’re finally free? Sometimes though, things don’t go so smoothly, life’s messy after all, and lengthy relationships can be hard to leave behind. The question becomes, once you start to muddy the water, getting back in touch with an ex after the divorce is already signed and sealed, does that reconciliation undo the terms of the divorce or will the settlement agreement remain in effect? To find out more, keep reading.

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Matt Arnold of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question “What are my custody rights if the other parent moves?”

The country today is a very different place than it was several decades ago. People are far more mobile, thanks to improved transportation and technology. As a result, jobs move frequently and relocations, which might have only been across town, can now involve moving thousands of miles across the country. If that happens and a custody dispute occurs between parents spread across two different states, how do you decide which state hears the case? To find out more about resolving jurisdictional disputes, keep reading.

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Charlotte Divorce Attorney Matthew R. Arnold of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question “When do you get alimony?”

Family law experts have long said that not enough people consider the potential value of a prenuptial agreement. Too often what family law attorneys hear is that prenuptial agreements are only for rich people or those on second and third marriages that want to ensure children from their first marriage are being looked after. This couldn’t be further from the truth, as prenups can be useful in almost any circumstance. Unfortunately, this same prenuptial skepticism has carried over to many same-sex couples who, for the first time, are now able to marry legally nationwide. The reality is that though prenuptial agreements are beneficial to same-sex couples for all the same reasons as they are to opposite-sex couples, there are other reasons why same-sex couples may benefit even more. To find out more about the benefits of prenuptial agreements for same-sex couples, keep reading.

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Charlotte Divorce Attorney Matthew R. Arnold of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question ” If I remarry, can they look at my new spouse’s income?”

It isn’t uncommon for couples in the midst of a divorce to have second thoughts, wondering whether the decision was actually the right one. The good news is that should you change your mind, you have the ability to backtrack and, up until the moment the divorce is finalized, you can withdraw your petition for divorce. It can be comforting for some people to know that the process, once put into motion, can still be stopped. However, a recent ruling from the New Hampshire Supreme Court demonstrates that there’s a limit to when the divorce can be undone. Keep reading to find out more about the limits judges have when undoing a divorce.

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Board Certified Family Law Specialist Matt Arnold being interviewed on the Legal Forum. This was recorded in Charlotte, North Carolina. Topics discussed include: How to choose a divorce lawyer? How long does a divorce take? How much does a divorce cost? When can a person get an annulment?

One of the most troublesome aspects of a North Carolina divorce can be the division of property. It’s difficult for a lot of reasons, legally, financially and even emotionally. People can become attached to items of property for sentimental reasons or want to deny them to a spouse out of spite. The division can also be difficult because the parties to the divorce both need money and want to walk away with enough to feel like they’ve gotten a fair shake. Another reason it can be complicated is because the law inserts itself into something very personal: dividing up a couple’s worldly possessions. This kind of intrusion can be very complicated and often lacks finesse. Keep reading to find out about a good example of such a division and the important lesson the story holds for those in the midst of a North Carolina divorce.

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Charlotte Divorce Attorney Matthew R. Arnold of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question “Does adultery affect my divorce case?”

It’s common for people to think through the potential impact a divorce could have on their lives. For instance, would the divorce cause problems among family members or force friends into an awkward spot? Something most people wouldn’t think about is how the divorce may impact them at work. However, that’s precisely the subject of a recent New Jersey Supreme Court case, which delved into the impact that a divorce can have on your job.

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Charlotte Divorce Attorney Matthew R. Arnold of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question ” Is there some property that the judge cannot divide?”

We’ve discussed before the trend in the U.S. concerning late-in-life divorce, despite the fact that the overall divorce rate appears to be declining, divorce among seniors and those in long-term marriages is rising rapidly. The trend of increased divorce later in life is apparently not limited to the U.S., but is spreading to Asia, specifically, South Korea. That country is undergoing important legal and social changes that have led to the increase. To find out more about “twilight” divorce, keep reading.