North Carolina Divorce Attorney: As More Marriages Dissolve, More Complex Issues Arise

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More marriages and divorces could impact the overall complexity of domestic proceedings, according to Raleigh family law attorney Charles Ullman.

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Charles R. Ullman

If more North Carolina divorces are occurring as the Census findings show, then it’s reasonable to expect that those individual matters could make some cases more complicated.

Recent U.S. Census data indicating that North Carolina couples marry and divorce at slightly higher rates than people in most other states could increase the complexity of legal issues that spouses may confront as their marriage dissolves, Raleigh family law attorney Charles Ullman said today.

“There are many factors that lead to the ending of a marriage,” said Ullman, who represents clients in domestic cases, including North Carolina divorces and separations. “In a stressful and sad time, couples suddenly must contemplate financial and other matters that were previously non-issues because they were jointly connected.”

Examples of typical elements to be settled in divorce proceedings include property distribution, child custody, child support, visitation rights and spousal support. But there are often many unique circumstances that must be considered as well.

The Census results show that men and women in southern states tend to marry more frequently than others across the country, and often marry younger, according to the Triangle Business Journal. Nineteen marriages occurred for every 1,000 North Carolina women in 2009. That compares to a rate of 17.6 marriages for women nationwide.

Marriage and divorce rates were men were slightly higher than women, both in North Carolina and in the United States as a whole, according to the TBJ report. The Census attributes that difference to the fact that women comprise more of the general population and often live longer than men.

“If more North Carolina divorces are occurring as the Census findings show, then it’s reasonable to expect that those individual matters could make some cases more complicated,” Ullman said. “The hope, of course, is that experience divorce lawyers are able to find an amicable resolution that keeps families out of court.”

Most legal issues can be finalized in a separation agreement, and new trends in divorce proceedings are leaning towards a collaborative arrangement in which attorneys work closely with divorcing couples who are committed to peaceful negotiations without litigation, Ullman said.

He noted that some spouses try to divorce without legal assistance, but that can be a risky proposition.

“There are do-it-yourself options available in North Carolina, but they can have a serious impact on the financial aspects of divorce like alimony, child support and property distribution, as well as issues related like child custody,” he said. “As a lawyer, my biggest piece of advice to couples who are contemplating finalizing their own divorce would be to at least consult with an attorney first. The bottom line is that it never hurts to ask.”

About Charles R. Ullman & Associates

The Raleigh family law firm of Charles R. Ullman & Associates, located on 109 S. Bloodworth St. in Raleigh, N.C., concentrates on family law, including divorce, child custody, child support, visitation, alimony, post-separation support and equitable distribution. Ullman is also a trained collaborative law attorney. For more information, contact the firm by calling (919) 829-1006 or use its online form.


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