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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the statistics are sobering. • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. • 37.3% of women and 28.3% of men experienced intimate partner sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking at some point in their lives. • More than 12 million Americans are victims of domestic violence every year. • The costs of intimate partner violence in the United… Read More

Social media: The do’s and don’ts in Family Law

The Pew Research Center estimates that almost 70% of American adults use some form of social media, and that roughly 75 million of them check their social networks every day. With those kinds of statistics, it is clear that social media has become a part of our daily lives, and an increasingly significant factor in divorce and custody disputes. If you post to Facebook or Instagram, or if you Tweet, blog, post to YouTube, or use any other form of social media, you need to be aware that whatever you… Read More

New Year, new you: things to consider before separating from your spouse

It does not take a family law attorney to tell you that it is not easy to separate and ultimately divorce your spouse.  For some, making up your mind is the easiest part of the process, but for most it can be a grueling task fraught with difficult choices and emotional landmines.  The idea of beginning anew and starting a new chapter of your life can be both exciting and motivating, but what we tell our clients is that it is better to travel the road to divorce with eyes… Read More

Domestic violence increases on Super Bowl Sunday – fact or fiction?

For years, the media has perpetuated the belief that Super Bowl Sunday is the most dangerous day of the year. However, the research shows that this is just a myth, and there is no specific link between the Super Bowl and an increase in domestic violence. What the research does show is domestic violence spikes on weekends and holidays or on other special occasions that center around family and….alcohol. So, you might see increases in domestic violence on the Fourth of July, New Year’s Eve, a Saturday night or…..on Super… Read More

When enough is enough, what do you do next?

For many people who are considering separation and divorce the hardest decision to make is the actual decision to separate, but when you have had enough what do you do next? Years ago, separating from your spouse meant you had to hire an attorney and air your dirty laundry in a public courtroom. Most people do not like conflict, and litigation can be expensive, time-consuming, and the results unpredictable. Additionally, divorce is very personal. Litigating sensitive private family issues can be emotionally draining on even the most stoic of clients…. Read More

Keeping the peace during the holiday season

The holidays are a supposed to be time for mistletoe and merry, caroling and hot chocolate, but when separation or divorce are imminent, you may not be in the mood for a round of “Joy to the World” gathered around the family piano. To be sure, separation and divorce is tough, and navigating this difficult time with children can be challenging and emotionally charged. Some of you may be contemplating a separation from your spouse, others may be trying to negotiate a custody schedule with the other parent, while others… Read More

Can I put an electronic tracking device on the vehicle my spouse drives?

Like most legal questions, there is not a simple “yes” or “no” answer to whether you can put an electronic tracking device on the vehicle driven by your spouse. The answer depends on a number of factors, including who is putting the electronic tracking device on the vehicle, who owns (or leases) the vehicle, and whether there is a court order protecting your spouse against assault, threats, harassment, following, or contact. 1. What is an “electronic tracking device”? North Carolina General Statute §14-196.3(a)(1) defines an “electronic tracking device” as “[a]n… Read More

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