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BARRI PAYNE LISTED IN 2020 BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA FAMILY LAW SECTION

Payne Family Law & Mediation is pleased to announce that Barri Payne has been included in the Family Law Section of Best Lawyers in America 2020 list. Barri Payne is a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law and is certified as a Family Financial Mediator through the North Carolina Dispute...

From a War of the Roses to a Meeting of the Minds – Getting the Most from Mediation

Your family law clients might not be ready to draw a line through the center of the house as Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner did in THE WAR OF THE ROSES, but their divorces may be just as contentious. Whether contentious or not, family law matters can be skillfully resolved with the help of a mediator extensively experienced in family law.

How is Child Support Calculated?

How is child support determined in North Carolina? Is it a specific percentage of the non-custodial parents’ income? No, there is not a set percentage. Child Support is calculated using the N.C. Child Support Guidelines using each party’s income, the child care expenses, the medical insurance costs for the children...

Is Modification Possible?

Can my custody or child support terms be changed later? Yes, if the terms were set forth in a court order they can be changed later upon a showing that there has been a substantial change in circumstances since the date of the last order affecting the welfare of the...

Are Retirement Accounts Marital Property?

Are retirement accounts considered marital property and can they be divided by the Court? Yes, if they were earned during the marriage they are marital property. This is true even if the spouse did not make any contributions themselves, and all funds were contributed by the employer. If the employment...

Can Children Decide Where They Live?

When can kids decide on their own which parent they want to live with? There is no set age in N.C. as to when this can occur. It is in the Judge’s discretion whether to speak to children and give them any input into the determination. Judges vary as to...

What if my spouse won’t move?

Can the Court force my spouse to move out of the home? In certain circumstances this can be accomplished particularly if there is domestic violence or substance abuse occurring. Contact us to discuss this further. Sometimes an amicable agreement to separate can be reached once you hire counsel who can...

How do Courts Determine Child Custody?

What does the Court look at to determine child custody? The Court can consider anything which may be relevant to what custodial schedule is in the child’s best interest. These issues often include: How the caregiving responsibilities were shared during the marriage and since separation; The age, maturity level and...

What do Separation Agreements Cover?

What issues can we cover in a Separation Agreement? You can address all issues arising from your marriage and separation except you cannot contract about getting an absolute divorce. You can agree on child custody and visitation, child support, alimony, the division of all your marital assets and debts from...

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