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What You Need to Know Before Seeking a Divorce—The Top 3 Tips

Getting a divorce in North Carolina can be a long and complicated process. First, parties must be legally separated for one year prior to filing for divorce. Once eligible to file for divorce, the process of finalizing everything (alimony, property division, child custody) can take substantially longer. Before embarking on this emotionally draining and life altering path, there are a number of important things to know: 1. Make sure you are emotionally ready for what is about to happen. Couples...Read the full article ...

Visitation Options in a Child Custody Case

When one parent is awarded primary custody, the other parent receives “secondary custody” or “visitation.” The exact terms of that visitation can vary widely. Sometimes, visitation is open allowing for liberal flexibility in accordance with the mutual consent of the parties. This form of visitation requires parties to be able to communicate and place the needs of the children above all else. As anticipated, open visitation is not common. The second and more common type of visitation is structured or...Read the full article ...

The Basics of Child Custody

There are two types of custody in North Carolina. The first is legal custody. This refers to decision making authority regarding major decision such as health, welfare and education of a child. Legal custody can be held by one parent (sole legal custody) or it can be held by both parents (joint legal custody). The second type of custody is physical custody. This refers to where a child will live and how often visitation will occur. Like legal custody, physical...Read the full article ...

What You Should Know About Getting a Domestic Violence Restraining Order

People will usually seek the advice of an experienced attorney when trying to defend against a restraining order. Did you know you can also contact an attorney when you need assistance in obtaining a domestic violence protective order? Coming in to see an experienced attorney who can assist you in drafting your complaint for a restraining order can have a substantial impact on whether the order is ultimately granted. Our attorneys can not only help you to navigate the process...Read the full article ...

The Benefits of a Well Drafted Separation Agreement

People often assume a separation agreement is required in order to be legally separated. This is not correct. The law is very specific on the definition of legal separation. In order to be legally separated, a party must be physically separated with at least one spouse having the intent to end the martial relationship. In North Carolina, a couple may be legally separated without entering into a separation agreement. While not required, a well drafted separation agreement can provide a...Read the full article ...

Co-parenting 101

Perhaps the most difficult part of a divorce or when a couple separates is deciding how the children will be cared for in the future. Child custody in North Carolina includes decision making authority regarding a child’s welfare (legal custody) and where a child will live (physical custody). The best case scenario is for parties to decide upon what type of custody arrangement will apply to their children. Regardless of whether a couple decides on custody for themselves or a...Read the full article ...

Are We Separated Yet?

One of the most common misconceptions for family law clients is when they are “legally separated.” Some people equate separation with the drafting of a separation agreement and believe they are not legally separated until pen has been put to paper. Others believe they are legally separated once one person moves out of the master bedroom and into the guest room. In fact, North Carolina law is very specific on the definition of legal separation. In order to be legally...Read the full article ...

What You Need to Know Before Seeking a Divorce—The Top 3 Tips

Getting a divorce in North Carolina can be a long and complicated process. First, parties must be legally separated for one year prior to filing for divorce. Once eligible to file for divorce, the process of finalizing everything (alimony, property division, child custody) can take substantially longer. Before embarking on this emotionally draining and life altering path, there are a number of important things to know: 1. Make sure you are emotionally ready for what is about to happen. Couples…Read the full article


Visitation Options in a Child Custody Case

When one parent is awarded primary custody, the other parent receives “secondary custody” or “visitation.” The exact terms of that visitation can vary widely. Sometimes, visitation is open allowing for liberal flexibility in accordance with the mutual consent of the parties. This form of visitation requires parties to be able to communicate and place the needs of the children above all else. As anticipated, open visitation is not common. The second and more common type of visitation is structured or…Read the full article


The Basics of Child Custody

There are two types of custody in North Carolina. The first is legal custody. This refers to decision making authority regarding major decision such as health, welfare and education of a child. Legal custody can be held by one parent (sole legal custody) or it can be held by both parents (joint legal custody). The second type of custody is physical custody. This refers to where a child will live and how often visitation will occur. Like legal custody, physical…Read the full article


What You Should Know About Getting a Domestic Violence Restraining Order

People will usually seek the advice of an experienced attorney when trying to defend against a restraining order. Did you know you can also contact an attorney when you need assistance in obtaining a domestic violence protective order? Coming in to see an experienced attorney who can assist you in drafting your complaint for a restraining order can have a substantial impact on whether the order is ultimately granted. Our attorneys can not only help you to navigate the process…Read the full article


The Benefits of a Well Drafted Separation Agreement

People often assume a separation agreement is required in order to be legally separated. This is not correct. The law is very specific on the definition of legal separation. In order to be legally separated, a party must be physically separated with at least one spouse having the intent to end the martial relationship. In North Carolina, a couple may be legally separated without entering into a separation agreement. While not required, a well drafted separation agreement can provide a…Read the full article


Co-parenting 101

Perhaps the most difficult part of a divorce or when a couple separates is deciding how the children will be cared for in the future. Child custody in North Carolina includes decision making authority regarding a child’s welfare (legal custody) and where a child will live (physical custody). The best case scenario is for parties to decide upon what type of custody arrangement will apply to their children. Regardless of whether a couple decides on custody for themselves or a…Read the full article


Are We Separated Yet?

One of the most common misconceptions for family law clients is when they are “legally separated.” Some people equate separation with the drafting of a separation agreement and believe they are not legally separated until pen has been put to paper. Others believe they are legally separated once one person moves out of the master bedroom and into the guest room. In fact, North Carolina law is very specific on the definition of legal separation. In order to be legally…Read the full article


Governor Roy Cooper Appoints H. Gerald Beaver to N.C. Grievance Resolution Board

Fayetteville attorney, H. Gerald Beaver, has been appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to serve as a member of the North Carolina Inmate Grievance Resolution Board. The Grievance Resolution Board serves within the Division of Adult Correction in the Department of Public Safety. The Board consists of five members appointed by the Governor to serve four-year terms. Three of the members must be attorneys chosen from a list of 10 individuals recommended by the Council of the North Carolina State Bar….Read the full article


Personal Injury Lawyer

Have a Personal Injury Case? When you get in an accident or suffer a serious injury, trying to figure out what to do can be overwhelming.  At Beaver Courie, our personal injury attorneys will help you through this difficult time. Our team has earned recognition among clients and legal professionals throughout the region for our capacity to help personal injury victims fight for their rights. You undoubtedly have some questions about your situation. Here are some answers to common questions: How soon do I have to…Read the full article


Hal Broadfoot at Lafayette’s Birthday Celebration

This year’s Lafayette birthday celebrations in Fayetteville included “Arias and Artifacts” at Methodist University. The event consisted of a reception and program highlighting recent additions to the Lafayette Collection at Davis Memorial Library. Members of the MU Chorale also shared memories of their recent visit to St. Avold, France, Fayetteville’s sister city.  Afterward, there was a concert of French music in Hensdale Chapel, presented by vocalist Gail Morfesis and friends. The Lafayette Collection includes letters, monographs, books, commemorative items, maps,…Read the full article

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Cumberland County
230 Green Street
Fayetteville NC 28301
P: (910) 323-4600
F: (910) 323-3403

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Hoke County
127 W. Edinborough Ave.
P.O. Box 688
Raeford, NC 28376
P: (910) 875-3379
F: (910) 875-4030

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