Seasoned Attorney Who Specializes In Divorce And Property Division In Salisbury
Helping You Make The Right Decisions For Your Family
The decision to end a marriage is not made lightly. Even when you believe it is necessary, it will still have an impact on your life that is lasting. You must make sure that it is done right, which is why you should always discuss your situation with an experienced divorce attorney.
Blanton Law Firm, P.A., in Salisbury, places a high priority on doing what is best for you and your family, because you are the one who will live with the outcome. We help you take control of the process and make informed decisions about your future. Mary R. Blanton is a North Carolina board-certified specialist in family law and a certified family financial mediator with more than 30 years of experience. Whether you choose mediation or litigation, she will vigorously pursue your interests.
The Divorce Process In North Carolina
North Carolina is a no-fault divorce state, which means that you are not required to prove fault in order to file for absolute divorce. Grounds for divorce can be met by showing that you or your spouse is a resident and that you have been living separately for one year. Most aspects of your divorce settlement, including property division, alimony and issues involving your children, can be decided either through voluntary agreements or by a judge.
Marital property is divided under the theory of equitable distribution. With some limited exceptions, marital property includes all assets and liabilities that were acquired from the date of the marriage until the date of separation. It is important to know that “equitable” does not guarantee equal, even though a 50-50 division of all assets and liabilities is common. Several factors are used to determine what is equitable, including:
- The length of the marriage
- The age and health of each spouse
- Support obligations from a prior marriage
- A custodial parent’s need to stay in the home
- Non-monetary contributions to a spouse’s career
- Direct contribution to the increase in value of separate property
- Business interests
- Tax consequences
- Other factors deemed important by the court