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Q&A: Worried About Money

Q&A: Worried About Money

Question:  I have been married for 12 years to my husband.  He only works part-time.  Will I owe him alimony and if so how much and for how long?  - Worried About Money Dear Worried About Money: Alimony (and it’s kissing cousin Post Separation Support) are paid by a...

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Don’t Understand

Question: Dear Cape Fear Family Law: Do I need to file for separation?  How is that different from divorce? -Don’t Understand   Answer: Dear Don’t Understand: Separation is the date you and your spouse start to live separately – not in separate rooms in the same...

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Duct Tape Needed

Question: Dear Cape Fear Family Law: I am supposed to co-parent with my ex, but he is impossible.  He constantly tells the children things they should not know – how much I receive in child support, that I have a new boyfriend, or things about our marriage that are in...

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That’s Mine!

Question: Dear Cape Fear Family Law: My mother passed away 5 years ago and left me some family land.  About 3 years ago my husband and I cashed in some investments and built a house.  I found my husband cheating with my friend.  Since I inherited the land, are both...

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Need some money!!

Question: Dear Cape Fear Family Law: I left my husband last week and moved into an apartment.  I paid for it by taking ½ of the funds that were in our bank account, but my husband moved the remaining money.  The funds I took are down to less than $3,000.00 and I will...

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DSS and Danger

Question: Dear Cape Fear Family Law: The Department of Social Services (DSS) contacted me about my child.  They asked me questions and told me there was a report made.  They won’t tell me a lot, but I realize that my daughter is in danger while living with her mom. ...

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Attorneys in Other Areas of Practice

Butler & Butler, L.L.P. – Bankruptcy Attorneys, New Hanover County The Cole Law Firm – Criminal Attorney, New Hanover County McKinney & Justice, PA – Immigration Attorney, New Hanover County T.W. Kerner, PLLC – Business Attorney, New Hanover County Goolsby Law...


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Child Support

N.C. Child Support Guidelines  – Child Support Resource, North Carolina N.C. Child Support Calculator – Rosen Law Firm, North Carolina N.C. Division of Social Services – N.C. Department of Health and Human Services N.C. Child Support Enforcement – eChild Support,...

Collaborative Attorneys

Cape Fear Family Law has put together this information to help you find exactly what or who you need to help you through your crisis. Our resources page is not all-inclusive. Our goal is to help you find a fair, economical, and satisfying resolution to your dispute in...

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Shelter & Hotline (Wilmington) 910-343-0703 North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence 888-232-9124 Brunswick County, Hope Harbor Home 910-754-5726 Pender County, Safe Haven of Pender 910-259-8989...

Family Law Attorneys in Other Counties

Separating Together – Adrian J. Davis, Wake County Hatcher Law Group – Rowan, Stanly and Union Counties Rosen Law Firm – Durham, Cabarrus, Wake, Orange, Gaston, Johnston, Mecklenburg...

Mental Health and Support Groups

Dr. Phillip Sharp – Psychologist, New Hanover County Insight Health Services – Linda Whitlock, MSW, New Hanover County Integrated Therapy Associates – Yael Gold, Ph.D., New Hanover County Wilmington CareNet Counseling Center – David D. Sylvester, M.A., L.P.C., New...

Parent Classes – Support Groups

Cooperative Parenting & Divorce – Local program that offers an interactive, comprehensive resources for parents to examine the complex reality of parenting apart.  For info: 910-256-6163 Making Two Homes Work – Online educational program that examines the impact...

Private Investigators

Lighthouse Investigative – Serving the Wilmington, NC area and beyond, Lighthouse Investigative stands by to provide you with the information you need at a competitive price. Bert Croom, LLC – Private Investigations, New Hanover County Cape Fear Investigative Services...

Spiritual Assistance

Cape Fear Freewill – Baptist Church, New Hanover County First Baptist Church – Wilmington, New Hanover County Grace Baptist Church – Wilmington, New Hanover County Divorce Care – Spiritual Assistance, New Hanover...

Other Resources

Coastline Mortgage - Mortgage Consultants, All of North Carolina Wilma Magazine - Wilmington's Magazine for Women, New Hanover County Focus on the Coast - Magazine, New Hanover County IRS  - To Request Copies of Federal Tax Returns NC Dept. of Revenue  - To Request...