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Rule 11(a) of the North Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure requires attorneys to certify that the pleadings and motions they file are neither ungrounded nor improper. The rule also gives courts the authority to sanction lawyers who do not comply. This memorandum reviews the changes introduced by the amendments to Rule 11 (a), focusing on the new standard of conduct it establishes for attorneys.
While the recent NC Equitable Distribution Act states that the net value of martial estate is available for distribution upon separation, it does not give guidance on the treatment of accumulated debt. Crawley provides some guidelines for classifying martial debt in terms of when it was accrued and to whom it benefits if distributed jointly, how it can be valuated and distributed, as well as effect mechanisms for enforcing the division of such resources.