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Equitable Distribution in North Carolina

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If you and your spouse are unable to come to mutually acceptable divorce agreement, North Carolina law allows the courts to decide the division of your assets. At Hunter & Price, P.A., our Duplin County divorce attorneys are ready to help walk you through the process of divorce and represent your interests in a court of law. We understand the anguish you must be going through, and we are prepared to stand by your side and help make this situation easier. Our divorce attorneys serve both Kenansville and Wallace, NC.

What is Equitable Distribution?

In North Carolina, divorcing couples who are unable to come to an agreement regarding the distribution of their assets are required to go through the process of "equitable distribution." The word "equitable" is a bit misleading, as this doesn't always mean "equal." In this method, the courts decide who gets what based on what the court sees as being fair. In order to do this, the courts need to classify your property into three different categories.

Property will be sorted into the following groups:

  1. Marital property
  2. Separate property

Marital property is a term that is used to describe everything that has been earned or acquired throughout the duration of the marriage up until the time you chose to separate. This can include pensions, retirement plans, and other sources of compensation.

On the other hand, separate property includes anything that you owned or acquired before marriage such as gifts or inheritances. The courts will only divide what is deemed to be divisible marital property, with any separate property remaining untouched. The court's ultimate decision will be affected by several different factors.

The courts will consider several factors in their decision, including:

  • Age of the spouses
  • Average incomes of both parties
  • Health of the spouses

How Do I Avoid This Process?

In order to avoid court determined asset distribution, it is highly encouraged that you attempt to work with your spouse towards a mutually acceptable separation agreement with the help of one of our firm's skilled family law attorneys.

We can help you determine the following:

  • Child custody
  • Property division
  • Child support
  • Alimony
  • Visitation rights

Representation for Kenansville and Wallace, NC

Hunter & Price, P.A. proudly offers exceptional legal representation to clients throughout Duplin County, with offices in Kenansville, and Wallace. Our family lawyers know how hard this time must be for you, and we are ready to help walk you through the process with compassionate and wise counsel.

Maintaining the well-being of our clients is of paramount importance, and we are prepared to make every effort to help you secure a desirable outcome. While no divorce is easy, we can help alleviate some of your worries and get you back on the road towards a brighter tomorrow.

Call our office today at (888) 721-2338 and discuss your case in further detail.

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