Family law is the large body of statutory laws and judicial decisions which encompass all areas of domestic relations. Family law in North Carolina comes from two main sources: laws and statutes written by the North Carolina General Assembly and precedent established from cases interpreted by the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court.
The major topic areas in family law include:
- Prenuptial Agreements
- Marriage – requirements for valid marriage, void marriages, voidable marriages
- Divorce – fault and no-fault divorce, incurable insanity
- Post-Separation Support
- Equitable Distribution – separate property, marital property, divisible property, dual property
- Child Support
- Child Custody
- Termination of Parental Rights
- Domestic Violence
- Reproductive Technologies – surrogacy, in vitro fertilization, artificial insemination, etc.
The North Carolina General Assembly frequently changes the current North Carolina General Statutes (NC Laws) and this blog exists to make the law more understandable for you. There are many more additional subcategories and niches in family law. Sorting through them all without the help of a family lawyer is very difficult. Therefore, make sure you subscribe to this blog to stay current on laws that may apply to you or someone you love!