RTS Law Group brings experience and dedication to helping individuals, couples, and families resolve the many legal issues that arise in family-related situations. Our attorneys have the compassion necessary for these extremely sensitive subjects. The goal is to resolve all matters while having the least impact on the family. However, when the situation presents, we will do everything necessary to protect your interests and the interests of your family. We value the opportunity to represent you in these matters. Contact us at (704) 552-4444 to schedule an appointment.
Separation Agreements are often the easiest and most civil way to resolve outstanding issues before divorce. These agreements are private, written, and legally binding contacts that can address most outstanding issues without ever having to appear in front of Judge. Separation Agreements reduce attorney costs and minimize the harmful effects to families with this extreme change in circumstances. The attorneys at RTS Law Group are experienced in negotiating, drafting, and reviewing Separation Agreement which make sure that all your concerns are addressed.
Divorce severs the legal relationship between a married couple. In North Carolina, a husband and wife must be separated for at least one (1) year before they may obtain a Judgment of Absolute Divorce. What constitutes a "separation" is very fact-specific. In the meantime, they are free to resolve issues relating to child custody and support, post-separation support and alimony, and equitable distribution of property.
In most uncontested dissolutions of marriage, the process can be completed in just a few weeks with minor expense. Additionally, many uncontested divorces can be accomplished without having to attend court.
Always consult an attorney before filing for divorce or ignoring a divorce complaint. A divorce can end your rights to certain property and/or spousal support. In addition to the divorce, there are usually also claims for property division, alimony, child support, or child custody. These are separate stages of the overall process, and the timing of these stages is very important. Contact RTS Law Group at (704) 552-4444 to get started.
Post-Separation Support (PSS) is temporary alimony and is provided to support a spouse until an alimony order is either entered, denied, or an out of court agreement is reached. Alimony is money one spouse pays to the other, by agreement or court order, for support and maintenance after a divorce. Either party in a divorce may be awarded spousal support. The person seeking spousal support must prove he or she is the financially dependent spouse and the other spouse is the supporting spouse. The attorneys at RTS Law Group are experienced in seeking alimony for clients and defending against such claims. Call us at (704) 552-4444 to discuss your individual circumstances.
When children are involved, child custody and support are major concerns as nothing is more important than the well-being of your children.
Our attorneys will assist you in developing a custodial arrangement that will be in the best interests of the children, without involving the courts. These arrangements are as detailed as necessary and are tailored to meet the needs of all family members. Child custody can be either physical or legal. Physical custody provides control over the actual physical care of the child. Legal custody is the right of the parent(s) to be informed about the welfare of the child(ren) and to make decisions concerning the education, health, religion, activities, and all other aspects of the child(ren)'s life. The law in North Carolina employs the "best interest" standard in deciding child custody.
The North Carolina Child Support Guidelines govern the non-custodial parent's child support obligation. The guideline factors include the income of each parent, number of children from the relationship, obligations for other children, health care expenses, and day care expenses. These guidelines are governed by statute, thus in most cases, this amount is easy to compute. Click here for an estimate of the child support obligation in your case.
Existing child support obligations can be modified due to changes in circumstances. Contact us at (704) 552-444 to discuss the chances of a modification in your case.
Property Distribution, known as "Equitable Distribution," is the process of dividing the property used and owned by the spouses during their marriage. Marital property is all property acquired either of the parties during the marriage. Separate property is all property acquired by each party before marriage. North Carolina recognizes a strong presumption that marital assets and debts are to be divided equally. Determining the correct status of each piece of property can be complicated based on each family's individual circumstances. Additionally, once a Property Division Order has been entered, it cannot be modified. Contact us at (704) 552-4444 to make sure your interests are being protected and you get to keep everything you are entitled to by law.
Prenuptial and Post-nuptial Agreements are private, written contracts between two parties who are either about to marry, or are already married. Should the marriage end for some reason, these agreements outline ahead of time how property will be divided and how support will be provided.
Whenever domestic violence is present, it is important to act quickly. Domestic Violence Protective Orders, commonly referred to as "Restraining Orders or 50-B's," are used to prevent further alleged domestic violence from occurring. If you are a victim of domestic violence, or you are being forced to defend yourself from alleged abuse, contact us at (704) 552-4444 immediately.
Alienation of Affection and Criminal Conversation are legal tort actions, substantiated by the willful and malicious interference of the marriage by a third party. Contact us at (704) 552-4444 if this situation may have occurred during your marriage.