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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

We’re Separated So It’s OK to Date Again, Right?

Wrong! Just being separated does not mean that it’s a good idea legally or even emotionally for you to start dating again. At least in North Carolina, any sexual relations with a person who is not your spouse is adultery in the eyes of the law, regardless of the words in a separation agreement. It’s … Continue reading

Homosexuality Not A Reason to Deny Child Custody

In Pulliam v. Smith, 348 N.C. 616, 501 S.E.2d 898 (1998), the North Carolina Supreme Court held that the homosexual parent is entitled to the same consideration as the heterosexual parent in decisions on custody and visitation. A parent’s homosexuality by itself should not be an issue unless it can be demonstrated that the child will … Continue reading

Judge Allows Skype Visitation in Child Custody Case

There once was a time when if you lived in another state you didn’t see your child except for the holidays and summer vacation. That is not the case anymore. With new technology like Skype parents are thinking creatively about how to be active parents even when they are miles away. In several recent court … Continue reading

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