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07 Feb 2017

The Differences Between Post Separation Support and Alimony

Angela R. Sheets

Angela R. Sheets


Understanding the differences between relevant legal terms throughout your divorce and separation are important to the success of your claim and your conversations with your attorney. Many individuals facing a separation aren’t sure of the differences between technical legal terms and how they may affect them moving forward in their respective cases. Post Separation Support and Alimony are similar but different terms where the differences are often misunderstood or unclear.
Post separation support, commonly referred to as PSS, is the legal term that refers to the payment to one spouse by another spouse temporarily during a separation and impending divorce prior to an alimony determination. Post separation support may be ordered in a shortened hearing prior to a full trial for an alimony award. In contrast, alimony is a term that is referred to the permanent order for payment to the other spouse for a fixed period of time. The alimony hearing is often longer and more in depth as a Post Separation Support order is a mere temporary order for payment until an alimony trial is conducted and an alimony award is determined or denied.
Each of the terms involves payment between separated and/or divorced spouses based on the individual’s respective incomes, the length of the marriage and other relative considerations. Post separation support functions as a temporary order for payment while alimony is decided in a lengthier trial with more facts and is a more permanent order by the court deciding payment of one spouse to another for a fixed duration of time.
If you feel you have a claim for post separation support or alimony or are interested in learning more about your options in your separation contact the attorneys at Raleigh Law Center today.

07 Jan 2017

Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 2016

Angela R. Sheets

Angela R. Sheets


In November of 2016 Attorney Evonne Hopkins taught a continued legal education, CLE, seminar for new family law attorneys through the N.C. Bar Association. Continued Legal Education is required of all attorneys throughout the State of North Carolina. The CLE was structured in a trial advocacy format. Attorney Hopkins and other veteran family law attorneys conveyed their wisdom and knowledge in the area of family law to many new family law attorneys emerging in the practice area.
The CLE focused on trial practice and procedure. The veteran attorneys worked with the new attorneys to develop skills in their practice concerning opening and closing statements, cross examinations and the procedure for entering exhibits into evidence during a family law trial. The new attorneys learned several procedural rules and many effective practice skills for conducting a family law trial.
Attorney Evonne Hopkins is committed to passing her skills and knowledge of the area of family law on to new attorneys in the practice area. Attorney Hopkins works to educate all lawyers in the area of family law and is dedicated to engaging and learning from her peers in family law.

16 Dec 2016

Holiday Custodial Schedules

Angela R. Sheets

Angela R. Sheets

With the holidays quickly approaching many parents are concerned about how the time will be split between the two households following a custody action concerning their minor children. The holidays are often a point of contention between two parents in the determination of the proper custodial schedule after their separation. The holidays are an important time for families to be together and continue their traditions as well as to make new memories.
Many custody orders provide for a special custodial schedule to be followed during the holidays in order to allow special family time between the minor children and each parent during the holiday season. The holidays are also important for custodial scheduling as the children are out of school during this time and arrangements must be made for the school day hours as well.
An example of common holiday custodial schedules is odd and even year scheduling. One parent will have the minor children on specific days of the holidays during the odd years and the other parent will have the children on those specific days during the even years. This type of holiday scheduling works well for many families so that each parent can experience the entire holiday season with their children by rotating the days by odd and even numbered years. There are various other combinations of holiday schedules that may be ordered based on the family and what is in the best interest of the minor children.
If you are concerned about the holiday scheduling for your minor children and are interested in learning of your options for custodial time during the holidays, contact the Raleigh Law Center today. Our attorneys are effective and experienced; we will work to establish the best possible holiday schedule for your minor children.

24 Aug 2016

Termination of Parental Rights

Angela R. Sheets

Angela R. Sheets

Termination of parental rights may be a difficult subject for families to face. While difficult and emotional, termination of parental rights, at times, may be in the best interests of the child involved. A petition must be filed to begin the termination of parental rights process. In order to be successful, the petitioner must meet one of the statutory grounds for termination. The statutory grounds for termination of parental rights in North Carolina are numerous including, abuse or neglect of the juvenile, failure to pay for the support of the juvenile without justification, and the relinquishment of the juvenile to the department of social services for adoption. This list is not exhaustive, as there are numerous statutory grounds for termination of parental rights. Once a petitioner has established a statutory ground for termination of parental rights, the petitioner must show that termination of parental rights is in the best interest of the juvenile. Termination of parental rights effectively ends the parent child relationship and disposes of all rights and responsibilities of a parent to the juvenile. Termination of parental rights may be a necessary process for a family and, most importantly, a juvenile to move forward in the best interest of the child.

07 Aug 2016

Evonne Hopkins organizes and teaches family law specialist course

Evonne Hopkins

Evonne S. Hopkins

Board Certified Family Law Specialist, Evonne Hopkins, in conjunction with the North Carolina Advocate’s for Justice, is organizing and teaching a course for family law attorneys interested in becoming Board Certified Family Law Specialists. When asked about the course, Evonne said: “We are offering the family law specialist training course to give all practitioners a road map for the key issues we see in family law litigation every day.  The family law specialist exam is written by practicing family law litigators and we want to offer a course that teaches attorneys about the nuances of complex family law litigation.” The course is offered through the North Carolina Advocate’s for Justice on September 9, 2016 at the Academy’s headquarters in Cary, NC.

For more info, visit www.ncaj.com/