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  1. Defenses Against Divorce from Bed and Board

    There are two ways to defend against a claim for divorce from bed and board. First, you can offer evidence to dispute the allegations. Second, you can raise one of the four following defenses: 1. Collusion, 2. Connivance, 3. Condonation, or 4. Recrimination. Let’s take a closer look at each. Collusion is rarely used as a defense...
  2. Divorce From Bed and Board

    There are two types of divorces in North Carolina: (1) absolute divorce and (2) divorce from bed and board. Absolute divorce is the official ending of the marriage, completely ending the marital rights and duties between the parties. To obtain an absolute divorce, the parties need only show that they have lived separate and...
  3. Litigating Child Custody Cases, Part 2

    In Part 1 of Litigating the Child Custody Case we discussed the fact that child custody cases are numerous in the North Carolina court system and include some of the most difficult decisions that judges have to make. This article will discuss some of the preparation needed to make a...
  4. Litigating Child Custody Cases, Part 1

    North Carolina court dockets are full with child custody cases. This should come as no surprise, since marriage usually results in children and nearly half of all marriages end in divorce. Divorces involving children can be highly contentious and extremely challenging for all involved, including the parties, the lawyers, the...

Call the Law Office of John P. Fernandez if you have questions or need legal representation in a family law matter. John Fernandez is licensed to practice law in North Carolina. The laws of North Carolina may differ from other states and no information contained herein should be considered legal advice.

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John P. Fernandez | Child Custody and Divorce Lawyer | Raleigh, NCAttorney John Fernandez works with North Carolina individuals and families who need advice or representation in estate planning and administration matters. John provides an in-depth analysis of each client’s needs and works toward reducing estate taxes, avoiding probate and ensuring that health care decisions are handled appropriately. John helps individuals with modest and large estates achieve their goals.


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