Senter, Stephenson, Johnson, P.A. offers several services in the area of family law including pre-marital and separation agreements, uncontested divorce, step-parent adoptions, and name changes.
Pre-Marital Agreements can be a useful estate planning and family planning tool. Under North Carolina law, certain spousal rights arise as a result of marriage. A pre-marital agreement allows you and your fiancé to determine what rights and obligations should apply to you. Pre-marital agreements can help to keep family land in the family, protect assets from a first marriage that need to pass to the children from that marriage, and also protect your assets in the event of separation and divorce.
Contact us to determine whether a pre-marital agreement meets your needs. Pre-marital agreements should be in place well in advance of your wedding date.
In North Carolina, a married couple must live separate and apart for more than a year before they can become legally divorced. A Separation Agreement is often advised to govern the rights and obligations of legally married people during this time. A Separation Agreement is also an opportunity to document how the couple will separate their assets and waive future claims of alimony and equitable distribution. During this time, you should also consider updating your Will and other Estate Planning documents to prevent your legal spouse from inheriting in the event of your death.
Let us help you with the legal implications of your separation. Contact us to discuss whether a Separation Agreement is advised in your situation.
A North Carolina resident can obtain a divorce judgment after living separate and apart from his or her spouse for over one full year. After that year has passed, either spouse can file for divorce. The divorce is considered uncontested when the date of separation is undisputed and all other issues, including child support, alimony, and equitable distribution, have been resolved. The paperwork and service of process requirements can be tedious and overwhelming. If the divorce is uncontested, we can handle all of the filing and court appearance requirements for you. In most cases, if you hire an attorney, you do not have to appear or speak in court.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Senter, Stephenson, Johnson, P.A. can help families when a step-parent wants to adopt children from a spouse’s previous marriage. We will walk you through the adoption process, prepare and file all necessary paperwork, help acquire the consent of the other parent, and attend any hearings necessary throughout the process. We can also assist with the termination of parental rights of the other parent when necessary.
This firm offers its assistance with your or your minor child’s name change. We will prepare and file all necessary paperwork, help with any background check and other requirements, and make sure all necessary parties are served properly.
Our Fuquay-Varina office is convenient to our local neighbors as well as residents of Lillington, Willow Spring, Holly Springs and is less than 30 minutes from Raleigh. Contact us today at 919-552-4707 or send us an email.