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The divorced couple’s guide to Merry Christmas for the kiddos

If you’re a divorced couple, balancing time spent with the children this holiday season can be a bit tricky. However, if you follow these bits of advice, you will find yourself much more likely to be stress-free and having a merry Christmas after all.

Prioritize the welfare of you children and make the festivities about them. If you aim to make your children happy this Christmas, you and your ex-partner will put aside your differences to work towards a singular goal. This will foster a partnership between the two of you and get rid of the animosity and bickering, at least for a while.

Before making travel plans, if you have a custody order of agreement, plan very carefully around it so that it doesn’t overlap with your ex-partner’s schedule with the kids. However, if you don’t have a custody agreement and you insist on not being together for the holidays, maybe it’s time to consult a family law attorney on this matter.

Our attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC will fight for fair alimony payments, fair divorce arrangements, and fair custodial rights. Seek our legal representation by calling our Raleigh offices today at 919-833-1040.

Child Custody Battle: The Latest on Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie Divorce

Fifty-two-year-old actor and producer Brad Pitt will not let 41-year-old actress, film maker, and humanitarian Angelina Jolie Pitt have sole custody of their six children—15-year-old Maddox Chivan, 12-year-old Pax Thien, 11-year-old Zahara Marley, 10-year-old Shiloh Nouvel, and eight-year-old twins Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Leon—so passively.

According to documents obtained by entertainment news network RadarOnline.com, Pitt requested for joint legal and physical custody of their children on Friday, November 4 in Los Angeles, California.

Jolie filed for divorce in September after Pitt allegedly physically assaulted their eldest child, Maddox, during a private flight from France to the United States that on September 14, 2016. There have been implications that Pitt had been drinking at the time the apparent confrontation took place.

A divorce that includes child custody disputes can have a tremendous effect on the lives of your children, as well as your own. If you are currently embroiled in a particularly challenging family law issue in Raleigh or other areas in North Carolina, do not hesitate to seek the legal help of our attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC by calling our offices today at 919-833-1040. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team today.

Grandmother shoots herself in the foot after losing custody fight

North Carolina grandmother Sheila Marie Nougier, 42, who lost custody of her two-year-old grandchild, opened fire in a Walmart parking lot last October 22 at approximately 3 p.m.

According to a report from Fox 8, a judge turned over custody of the child from Nougier to the child’s father earlier that day. The father then went to meet Nougier in the parking lot of a nearby Walmart when Nougier indiscriminately fired her gun, shooting herself in the foot in the process. Nougier was charged with one count of injury to personal property, one count of discharging a firearm within the city limits, two counts of attempted first-degree murder, and two counts of assault by pointing a gun.

Our attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC, who provide legal services for our clients in Raleigh and other areas of North Carolina, handle family legal cases such as domestic violence, restraining orders, and child custody, among others. Call our offices today at 919-833-1040 to discuss your legal needs.

Under One Sky Village Foundation’s Journey Camp

18-year-old Hendersonville, North Carolina resident Farrah Gillie said she had short-term foster family placements before she was lodged in a group home, and was assigned to four more families after that before she was formally adopted at the age of 17.

To give back to other youth who are currently going through similar experiences, she spends her time as a counselor in training every summer at the Under One Sky Village Foundation’s Journey Camp, noting, “I know I can always come back here.”

The foundation is all about supporting youth in foster care and providing them with an avenue that can make it possible for them to mentor each other as they grow up. In Gillie’s case, she was taught about the importance of applying for financial aid in college and the specifics of car maintenance.

If you are currently embroiled in a family legal matter in Raleigh or another area of North Carolina, get in touch with our attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC by calling our offices today at 919-833-1040. With a competent legal representative by your side, you can be sure that your interests will be protected and that you have a higher chance of securing the results you want for you and your family.

Raleigh police take custody of kindergartner

The Raleigh Police Department in Wake County, North Carolina are conducting a search for the parents of a kindergartner from Durant Road Elementary School who was not picked up at the bus stop after school let out at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23.

Police officers took the child into custody when by 7:30 p.m. there was still no one who came forward  to take the young boy home. Wake County Public School System spokeswoman Lisa Luten said it is not allowed for a school bus driver to leave children unattended if their parents do not pick them up at the bus stop. Police authorities said that because of the incident, they are considering asking Child Protective Services to look into the case.

The family law attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC provide legal services for our clients in Raleigh and handle family law matters such as child custody and child support, among others. Call our offices today at 919-833-1040 if you are being charged as an unfit parent or need help fighting for your rights as a caretaker.

Durham judge scolded for actions during custody hearing

The North Carolina Supreme Court has issued a public reprimand against Durham district court Judge James Hill on Friday, November 6 over his actions during a contentious child custody hearing over which he presided in 2014. The reprimand specifically addresses his wording when he told the parents involved in the case that they were “acting like idiots.”

Hill, who has served as a Durham judge since 2002, was given a public scolding for expressing inappropriate comments, misusing his contempt powers,and “exhibiting a failure to remain patient, dignified, and courteous, to the parties appearing before him” during the court proceedings.

Families who are dealing with legal battles are often also faced with a great deal of judgment and, sometimes, scorn from others. The attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC, however, understand that the process can be extremely difficult and that families often benefit from the help of compassionate and skilled lawyers. If you are dealing with a divorce or custody battle, call our offices at 919-833-1040 today to learn how we can help you.

Fathers prefer supplying non-monetary support – study

According to an article by The Street on July 6, many fathers prefer to give children the things they need directly rather than simply make child support payments.

A study led by Baltimore, Maryland-based Johns Hopkins University that looked into the lives of 367 low-income non-custodial fathers in the cities of Austin, Charleston, and Philadelphia recently indicated that almost half of the respondents (46%) gave material support to their children, such as baby products, food, clothing, school supplies, and the like.

Many prefer non-monetary support so they can be more directly involved in their children’s lives.

Child custody and child support arrangements are critically important to establish, as these agreements will affect you and your children’s lives for years to come. If you need help enforcing child support payments, modifying agreements, or something else related to divorce law, the experienced legal team at Marshall & Taylor PLLC may be able to help. Call our offices in Raleigh at 919-833-1040 today to learn more.

Father of Fantasia Barrino’s baby filed for custody

Thirty-year-old R&B singer Fantasia Barrino’s ex-boyfriend, Brandel Shouse, recently filed for full custody of their 13-year-old daughter Zion, according to a report from one of the celebrity’s representatives.

The child custody, visitation, and child support lawsuit was filed in Mecklenburg, North Carolina. The statement said that Shouse has had limited contact with Zion over the past 13 years, and Barrino has been solely responsible for providing her financial support. Barrino said that she expects the case, which will be heard in 2015, to go smoothly, as it should be immediately clear what is in Zion’s best interest.

In addition to addressing the case brought against her, Barrino thanked her fans for their support, especially those single mothers who understand what she has been through.

Child custody cases are often complex, as they must address visitation rights and financial child support. Fortunately, the Raleigh attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC, are experienced in family law and fight on behalf of our clients’ interests. Call our offices at 919-833-1040 today to learn about how we may represent you.

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