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Filing for Divorce in North Carolina

January is one of the most popular months for divorce – a decision that is conflicted and full of overwhelming emotions. When divorcing in North Carolina, it is necessary to be aware of three important matters: property, spousal support or alimony, and custody.

Even if a couple has spent very little time married, it is highly probable that they have shared debts and property together. In North Carolina, anything that can be classified as “marital property” or “marital debt” is usually divided equally no matter who the title owner is. This policy can have exemptions, for instance in the case of an inheritance. In spousal support claims, adultery and other forms of marital misconduct can be considered as factors when deciding on them.

In child custody cases, a parent can win sole or joint custody depending on the decision of the courts. As a last resort, a parenting schedule can be crafted by a formal agreement or court order to ensure that the children will get to have both parents in their life as they grow up.

If you need legal representation for your family law case in North Carolina, do not hesitate to get in touch with our attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC by calling our offices today at 919-833-1040.

NC extends age of children allowed in foster care system to 21

The state of North Carolina has decided to expand the foster care system to provide aid for young adults as they transition into adulthood. Under the new law, people over the age of 18 can now be in the system until their 21st birthday.

After leaving foster care but realizing they are unable to make it on their own, young adults can reapply to be put into the system. This move was made possible by the approval of the North Carolina General Assembly in late 2016 and will take effect this year. According to Kevin Kelley, who is with the state Division of Child Welfare Services, state and federal funding provides aid to around 1,000 young adults.

Our attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC provide legal services for our clients in Raleigh and other areas in North Carolina. We handle family law cases that involve child support and adoption, among others. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at 919-833-1040.

Curt Johnson officially divorced

Caledonia, Wisconsin resident Curt Johnson, 61, is now officially divorced from his wife, Tracie Stier-Johnson, 47. The development took place in late October in Racine County Court. The heir of the Johnson family has recently made national headlines for various sexual crime convictions.

The pair filed their divorce petition jointly on April 20, 2016, on grounds that the marriage was “irretrievably broken.” It was a second marriage for both Johnson, son of Racine-based manufacturer S. C. Johnson & Son owner, and Stier-Johnson, who tied the knot on May 5, 2001. Division of property and other assets is impending, but the couple allegedly had a prenuptial agreement.

Our attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC provide legal services in Raleigh and other areas of North Carolina. We take on family legal issues such as divorce, legal separation, child custody, child support, and property division, among others. Call our offices today at 919-833-1040 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team about your situation.

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.

Firms advocating for fathers in child custody cases increasing

In general, America sees a pattern of women receiving better deals in custody battles than their estranged spouses. There are many cases of a judge presiding over a child custody litigation found in favor of the mother because our society still views women as the natural caretakers of children.

In recent years, the emergence of law firms that cater to men during divorce proceedings has increased. However, the existence of such law firms is controversial, with critics saying that such law firms are not pushing for equal rights between the sexes but instead propagating sexist stereotypes against women. Recent census data show that 82% of mothers have primary custody of their children and 53% of them collect child support, compared to 29% of men. Also, a recent survey from Pew Research Center showed that women spend twice as much time with their children than their husbands.

If you and your spouse are going through a family legal issue that could affect the welfare of your children, get in touch with our attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC by calling our offices today at 919-833-1040.

Does farming lower the rate of divorce?

According to sociological statistics, before the Farm Crisis of the 1980’s, the divorce rate among American couples who work in the farming industry was lower than the divorce rate among other American couples. This fact is an exemplary feat, considering around 40% of American marriages end in divorce.

Data from the National Vital Statistics System showed the divorce rate of people in states where agriculture is a major industry decreased over the past 25 years. Iowa had the lowest divorce rate (1.5 divorces per 1,000 married couples) and Nevada had the highest divorce rate (5.3 divorces per 1,000 married couples) in the year 2014. In the same year, the average divorce rate for 46 states and the District of Columbia was 3.3 per 1,000 married couples, lower compared to 5.0 in 1990.

A divorce is a particularly difficult time for both the separating couple and the people around them, especially their children, family members, and friends. Hire the legal services of our attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC if you are filing for divorce in Raleigh or another area of North Carolina by calling our offices today at 919-833-1040.

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.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie say divorce reports are just rumors

Fifty-two-year-old actor and producer Brad Pitt and 41-year-old actress Angelina Jolie Pitt claim they are staying committed to their marriage, dispelling earlier divorce rumors.

The pair recently celebrated their second anniversary at a hotel in Beverly Hills in Los Angeles amid reports in the media that everything is not smooth sailing between the couple. Pitt and Jolie first met on the set of their 2005 action-comedy film Mr. & Mrs. Smith when Pitt was still married to 47-year-old actress Jennifer Aniston.

Pitt and Jolie admitted to their relationship one month after Aniston filed for divorce from Pitt. One year later, Jolie said she was expecting their first biological child, Shiloh, who is now 10 years old. Pitt and Jolie are also parents to 15-year-old Maddox, 12-year-old Pax, 11-year-old Zahara, and eight-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox. They tied the knot in 2014 at their Chateau Miraval property in France.

It is essential to choose compassionate and knowledgeable attorneys if you are encountering family law issues. Contact Marshall & Taylor PLLC if you live in Raleigh or other areas of North Carolina because our experience with handling such cases can ensure that your interests are protected. Call our offices today at 919-833-1040 to learn more.

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.

Greensboro parents can now enjoy six weeks of paid parental leave

A press release from Working America reported that the Greensboro City Council in North Carolina finally passed the paid parental leave policy by a unanimous vote of 9 to 0 last Tuesday, August 16. Working America is the community affiliate of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFLCIO),

The City Council is now offering city workers up to six weeks of paid parental leave. This benefit is available for women, men, and same-sex parents. Working America North Carolina State Director Carolyn Smith welcomed the development, noting, “Greensboro continues to lead the way in creating smart, family-friendly policies that address troubling disparities and acknowledge today’s diverse family structures.” North Carolina Justice Center statistics show that in North Carolina alone, 1.2 million working people in the private sector are not eligible for paid leave.

The lawyers at Marshall & Taylor PLLC handle all aspects of family law and can represent you if you are embroiled in a child custody, divorce, or alimony disagreement. Call our Raleigh offices today at 919-833-1040 to discuss your situation and see how we can help you and your family.

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