Financial Matters

When preparing for separation and divorce, it is important to collect the documents necessary for our firm to evaluate your marital financial situation. We look carefully at family income and expenses, such as paystubs, tax returns, credit card statements, and bank statements. It is helpful to review records of your debts and assets, including financial and investment statements, loan applications, appraisals of real and personal property, recent tax values on property tax bills, as well as retirement benefits statements. If either spouse has an ownership interest in a business, corporate and partnership tax returns are needed, as well as balance sheets, depreciation schedules, profit and loss statements, and shareholders agreements. Do not be intimidated or discouraged if you do not understand business or financial matters. We realize that accessing and gathering this information may seem difficult to you. Do not be alarmed. We are here to help you figure out your financial situation and to get the information needed, even if your spouse refuses to cooperate.


Collecting information concerning your spouse’s suspected unfaithfulness (e.g., cell phone records and emails) is important and can be very beneficial. However, in order for this information to be utilized in your case, it must be obtained in a legally permissible way. We find many people do not understand or have received incorrect advice, about what he or she can do to obtain this information. To ensure you are acting legally and effectively, it is always best to consult with our law firm prior to doing anything of this nature, if possible.

Moving out of the marital residence

The decision of whether to move out of the marital residence is an incredibly important issue and needs to be thoroughly discussed with our firm prior to making that decision, if possible. Moving out or staying in the marital residence may have a profound impact on your case concerning custody, support issues, responsibility for reimbursement of attorney fees to your spouse, financial credit standing, and equitable distribution.

Post-separation support

Post-separation support in NC is a form of temporary support to be paid by the supporting spouse to the dependent spouse until the earlier of either: (i) the date specified in the order of post-separation support; or (ii) an order awarding or denying alimony. Whether someone is entitled to post-separation support is at the court’s discretion.