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Thigpen Challenges NC Law Requiring Marriage License

Guilford County Register of Deeds Jeff Thigpen and 10 other people both heterosexual and homosexual have filed a lawsuit last week that challenges the requirement that marrying couples in North Carolina get a state-issued license. See the Complaint: http://mm.news-record.com/drupal/files/documents/NC_marriage_lawsuit_Dec_2011.pdf

It’s Always “What is in the Best Interest of the Child”

In a recent N.C. Court of Appeals decision the Court reminded us again that the standard is always “What is in the best interest of the child.” In Wolgin v. Wolgin the mother of the little girl thought she could make unilateral decisions without her ex husband’s input on moving the child to a different school. She … Continue reading

Supreme Court to Decide if Child Conceived by Dead Father’s Sperm Can Collect Benefits

More than 100 applications have been filed for survivor benefits for children conceived posthumously and it is likely that more will be filed as it becomes less expensive to store sperm and conceive at a later date. In this case, a woman’s husband died of cancer. The woman then conceived a child via in vitro fertilization by … Continue reading

Think Your Dating Website Account is Safe From Discovery?

If you do, think again. A Connecticut judge has ordered lawyers representing a divorcing couple to exchange passwords to their clients’ Facebook and dating websites. Judge Kenneth Schluger ordered the password exchange in the divorce of Stephen and Courtney Gallion, according to the Forbes blog The Not-So Private Parts. So what is the moral of this story? Dating … Continue reading

I Suspect Child Abuse, So Do I Have to Report It?

The media is in a frenzy reporting on Sandusky and Fine’s alleged crimes against young boys. Questions are being asked about what is being done to protect children involved in sports. And now CNN is reporting that, “The Memphis police and the Amateur Athletic Union have launched an investigation [into Bobby Dodd] after two players alleged that the … Continue reading

What is Collaborative Divorce?

Collaborative divorce is one of the newest methods for resolving your divorce and custody dispute. The way it works is that each party (you and your spouse) retain separate attorneys. Both you, your spouse, and each of your individual attorneys agree to work together to negotiate a settlement. You all agree that you will not litigate the … Continue reading

Is Childhood Obesity Child Abuse?

Apparently one county thinks so. In Cleveland, Ohio an 8-year-old boy in third grade was taken from his mother because he is obese. Social Services in Cleveland Heights say they have been working with the mother for over a year to try to help the 200lb child to lose weight. At more than 200 pounds, … Continue reading

The Cost of Raising a Prodigy

Do you have a budding Monet or a young golfer preparing to take on the Masters? If so getting divorced won’t end your financial obligations to pay for lessons and tournaments. In Plomaritis v. Plomaritis, the N.C. Court of Appeals upheld the lower court’s finding that the father was in arrears on child support where he … Continue reading

How to Tell Your Family You Are Getting Divorced

A divorce is like an amputation: you survive it, but there’s less of you. Margaret Atwood I am convinced Margaret Atwood knew what she was talking about. It’s amazing how hard it really is to take the last step of telling other people you are getting divorced. Just the thought of trying to say the … Continue reading

20 Do’s and Don’ts for Surviving Divorce

Story courtesy of The Survivor’s Club Divorce can be a very confusing, often difficult time. And after the papers have been signed, things have been moved, and lives have been uprooted, nothing every really goes back to being the same. If you’ve recently been divorced, you may find yourself looking for a new home, or managing … Continue reading

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