Understanding Financial Affidavits

In all legal actions that include claims for child support, post-separation support, and/or alimony, the local family court rules for Buncombe County require each party to complete and file with the court a “financial affidavit” (local Form 4). 

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Why Should I Consider a Prenuptial Agreement?

Many people think of a prenuptial agreement as a legal document used by celebrities and wealthy individuals to protect their income and assets in the event of divorce. This may foster common misconceptions about prenuptial agreements.

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Spousal Support, Part 2: Determining Alimony

How does a judge determine the amount and duration of an alimony award? One of the goals of alimony is to ensure that a dependent spouse has adequate resources to meet his or her needs in accordance with the standard of living established by the parties during their marriage.  

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Jim Siemens Included in 2019 Best Lawyers

Jim Siemens has been recognized in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Jim is included in Best Lawyers for his work in the practice area of Family Law.

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Spousal Support, Part 1: What is PSS?

When spouses separate, it is sometimes necessary for one spouse to provide financial support to the other spouse. North Carolina recognizes two forms of spousal support: one is post-separation support, and the other is alimony.

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On Joint Custody

I still benefit from having a look at the law each time I handle a case. How does North Carolina law guide District Court Judges to make child custody decisions? How the sentences play out in application differs across the State. In Buncombe County, joint and equal legal and physical custody is awarded frequently. 

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Jim successfully defends orders on appeal

The NC Court of Appeals published its opinion this week on a case Jim argued before a special session of the Court in October.  Jim was successful in defending equitable distribution, alimony and child support orders entered in Buncombe County last year.

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Jim Siemens argues before Court of Appeals in Sparta, NC

Jim Siemens traveled last week to the mountain town of Sparta, North Carolina to present an oral argument before the Court of Appeals. The argument was part of a special session celebrating the 50th anniversary of the NC Court of Appeals, holding a session of court in a hometown or county with a special connection for each judge. 

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What you should know about child custody in North Carolina

North Carolina courts recognize two forms of child custody: “physical custody” and “legal custody.” Physical custody refers to the right of a parent (or guardian) to have actual physical custody of the child. Legal custody refers generally to the right of a parent (or guardian) to make important decisions on behalf of a child, such as those pertaining to the child’s health, education, discipline, and religious or spiritual training.

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What you should know about child support in North Carolina

Like most states, North Carolina uses child support guidelines to help simplify the process of determining child support. North Carolina’s guidelines are based on an income shares model, which is predicated on the concept that the child should receive the same proportion of parental income that he/she would receive if the parents lived together. 

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Discovery: The fact-finding and investigative phase of your case

Discovery is a legal term used to describe various processes that may be used to investigate and discover facts relevant to your case.  After a lawsuit has been filed, your attorney can use discovery to obtain information and documentation to support or defend claims and investigate allegations asserted by either party.

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What to expect when a lawsuit has been filed In your domestic case

Buncombe County is currently one of 13 judicial districts in North Carolina that has a dedicated Family Court system within its District Court division. The primary advantages to filing a legal action in a Family Court district is that the case is assigned to one judge…

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