Parental alienation is a term that has come into popularity thanks to the ongoing custody battle between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Surprisingly, this celebrity couple is fairly representative of the struggles many divorcing couples go through. The one major caveat being assets, of course!
As previous posts on this blog have discussed, alimony and spousal support make up an important part of the divorce or separation process in North Carolina. Judges have broad discretion to issue alimony awards, and they often do so with an eye toward providing for a spouse's basic financial needs or making sure that, overall, their orders are fair and treat the parties even-handedly.
Many parents in Charlotte, North Carolina live in separate homes and thus must share their children. When this happens, parents will usually either have a custody and visitation arrangement that will specify when each parent will have the child. Alternatively, the court will issue its own order setting up a parenting schedule. In situations other than a true joint custody arrangement, one parent will get custody and the other parent will generally have visitation rights.