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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. Effects of Absolute Divorce

    An absolute divorce ends a marriage and extinguishes all of the rights and obligations between spouses except those rights and obligations that are preserved by: an agreement, such as a separation agreement; a pending claim filed with the court; or a court order. Upon divorce, all property owned under the...
  4. The Cooperative Divorce

    We’ve all heard – and feared – the horror stories surrounding the contentious divorce. It is an unfortunate fact that lawyers are blamed on much of the contention existing among spouses embroiled in divorce. In a perfect world, this would never be the case. The reality is that divorce does...

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.

About John Fernandez

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.


John P. Fernandez
Attorney at Law
9555 US Highway 15-501 North
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
(919) 601-5028

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