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Man accused of driving SUV into North Carolina restaurant

A 22-year-old North Carolina man is facing serious felony charges after he allegedly drove his SUV into a packed Mooresville restaurant that had denied him service on the night of April 12. Workers at the popular sports bar and grill on Plaza Drive said that the man had been refused entry because he was obviously intoxicated. He has since been charged with using his vehicle as a deadly weapon with the intent to kill or cause serious injury and drunk driving. Reports indicate that he is being held in lieu of a $200,000 bond.

Eyewitnesses say that the man became involved in a physical altercation with at least two other individuals after being denied service in the restaurant. The scuffle took place in the facility's parking lot, according to media accounts. The man then allegedly entered his SUV and maneuvered it so that he could strike the restaurant with significant force. Some onlookers say that the vehicle was traveling at around 40 mph.

Financial tasks can help prepare for divorce

When people in Charlotte consider divorce, some of the most important issues that can arise at end of a marriage relate to finances. Preparing one's own finances can help a person prepare for the divorce process. One of the first and most important steps can be getting key financial documents in order. During a divorce, a person will need copies of all of their major paperwork, from tax returns to bank statements and investment account reports.

It can also be key to perform a credit check when planning to file for divorce. During a marriage, both partners' credit can become distinctly intertwined. After divorce, however, having a good individual credit rating will be critical for one's ability to buy a home, obtain a loan or even get the best rates for auto insurance. By requesting a copy of their credit report, spouses can check for errors and have them corrected before needing to rely on their individual credit.

Attempting to hide assets before a divorce could hurt your case

Many couples in North Carolina have spent years developing substantial marital estates. During your marriage, you could find yourself buying a home, funding a retirement account and otherwise accruing valuable assets. Eventually, though, your marriage starts showing signs of serious problems. You know you're likely going to be headed toward divorce court in the near future.

It is completely normal to want to protect your financial assets during a divorce. However, you need to know the difference between creating a proactive strategy for your divorce and potentially violating state law when it comes to dividing your assets. Intentionally hiding assets from your spouse and the courts could result in a far less favorable outcome to the asset division process.

Tips for protecting finances in a divorce

When Charlotte couples are getting a divorce, they might need to take steps to protect their finances. If a person is leaving an abusive relationship, there may be extra steps such as securing any valuables. Even in non-abusive relationships, people should document valuables by getting copies of information on accounts and photographing any valuable objects.

People who do not have an income at the time of the divorce will also need to take certain steps. For example, they may need to get job training. They should familiarize themselves with household finances and understand what pension and retirement accounts are worth.

Definitions of child custody and visitation

A divorced Charlotte parent might have visitation or custody rights. If the parent has visitation rights, this means the parent has the right to spend time with the child, but the child does not live with the parent. The child lives with the parent who has physical custody rights.

Physical custody, dealing with the child's primary residence, is only one type of custody. Legal custody is the type. A parent who does not have physical custody might still share legal custody with the other parent. Parents with legal custody have the right to make decisions about important elements of a child's life including religion, education and health care.

OCSE seeks to improve child support collection

The federal Office of Child Support Enforcement had begun the process of updating and improving procedures for the collection of child support payments through payroll withholding. Child support agencies in North Carolina and around the country typically depend on accurate reporting from employers so that money for children can be deducted from the paychecks of noncustodial parents.

Child support agencies send out requests for verification of employment. These forms ask employers about wages and health insurance availability. This information allows family courts to make decisions about the creation or modification of child support orders.

Trusts and adult children

Some estate holders in North Carolina may have concerns about leaving assets to their adult children. Individuals who lack financial maturity and are bequeathed assets outright may squander an inheritance. In such a situation, setting up a trust may be a wise move.

Parents should not use their children's age as an indicator of financial sophistication. If the goal is to ensure that the family's wealth will last for multiple generations, it may be prudent to have the wealth professionally managed. While adult children may see the wisdom of hiring a professional advisor to manage an inheritance, it is not guaranteed that the beneficiary will make the right choice regarding a financial advisor or money manager.

Divorce and protecting one's finances

North Carolina residents should take the necessary steps to protect their finances from the effects of a divorce. There are certain actions they can take before and during a marriage to ensure that their financial future is stable if their marriage ends.

A key part of protecting one's finances is to make sure that important assets remain separate property. In addition to facilitating estate planning, maintaining separate property allows both parties of a married couple have more control over to whom their assets are distributed after they die.

Successful co-parenting is possible with the right approach

Have you recently gone through the divorce process? Were you finally able to put your child custody dispute in the past? Do you now need to turn your attention to the future?

Just because your marriage is in the past doesn't mean that you won't have any communication with your ex-spouse. This is particularly true if you have a child with this person.

The financial complexities of divorcing later in life

When some people think of divorce, they imagine young couples choosing to split. However, the real face of divorce is increasingly different throughout North Carolina and the rest of America. Statistics show that a growing number of separations happen to couples over the age of 50. In the last 25 years, the divorce rate for Americans older than 50 has more than doubled, and the upward trend is continuing. Divorce at any age or stage of life comes with complex issues, but the challenges can be exacerbated when the spouses have had a long marriage stretching over the years.

People who choose to divorce have often accumulated a wide variety of significant assets, from real estate to retirement funds to investments. This can lead to complex financial issues during the property division process. To make everything run smoother, a spouse can bring their family law attorney an inventory of all of the marital property.

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