• The New Edition of the North Carolina Trial Judges’ Family Law Bench Book Is Available!

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    We are pleased to announce that the 2021 Edition of the North Carolina Trial Judges’ Bench Book, District Court, Vol. 1 Family Law, is available for purchase on the School of Government’s website. Each of the ten chapters set out below has been updated to include statutory changes and appellate opinions issued after September 2018 and through October 2021. Checklists are included for chapters Postseparation Support and Alimony, Child Support, Child Custody, and Equitable Distribution and are also compiled in a Checklists category at the end of the Volume.

    The updated edition is available for sale in a print and PDF format. The print version includes two parts in paperback format with 1,500+ pages. The cover has a new design to differentiate it from the 2019 edition. The chapters are again in outline format for ease of reading and research. We hope that you will find the 2021 edition a valuable resource and look forward to your feedback.

    1.Spousal Agreements
    2. Postseparation Support and Alimony
    3. Child Support
    4. Child Custody
    5. Divorce and Annulment
    6. Equitable Distribution
    7. Domestic Violence
    8. Adoption
    9. Judicial Waiver of Parental Consent Requirement for a Minor’s Abortion
    10. Paternity
    All Checklists

    Cheryl Howell is a Professor of Public Law and Government at the School of Government specializing in family law.
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