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My Spouse Stopped Paying Alimony — What Can I Do?

When a couple divorces, the court may order the higher-earning spouse to pay some amount of monetary support to the other spouse, either during the divorce or afterward. Known as alimony, or spousal support, it’s intended to prevent one spouse from being disadvantaged financially in a divorce by helping the lesser-earning spouse to maintain their Read More

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How Do I Divorce My Abusive Spouse?

There is nothing easy about ending a marriage, but when one spouse in the partnership is abusive, the process become even more difficult. Whether the abuse is physical or emotional, it’s a very real concern, so safety is paramount as someone walks through the already fraught process of leaving a marriage. Thankfully, there are some Read More

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What Happens to Debt in a Divorce?

When your marriage is ending, you probably want to get through the process as quickly as possible and move on with life. But one thing can keep you tied to your former spouse in a way you never expected: debt. That’s why it’s important to take the time to be sure all debts are revealed Read More

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How Do I Get Custody of My Child Back?

One of the most heart-wrenching experiences is losing custody of your children, no matter what the reason. From that moment on, you may begin wondering how you can reverse the situation and get custody back. There are some simple guidelines to follow that could help increase your chances of regaining custody of your children. Remember Read More

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What Kind of Insurance Do I Need After Divorce?

When ending a marriage, there are a host of questions that need to be answered. One of these is how to deal with insurance. You may wonder whether you can keep the coverage you had during the marriage or you will have to start all over with the process of shopping for quotes. These are Read More

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Should I Get a Prenuptial Agreement?

Getting married should be one of the most joyous times in life, but it’s also a time that may prompt a number of questions. One of them may be whether or not you should have a prenuptial agreement. You can’t make that decision until you understand what these contracts do and what they protect in Read More

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The Peterson Presumption

Parents are presumed to have a constitutionally protected paramount right to the custody care and control of their children.  Generally, this means that the natural parents of children are entrusted the natural raise and care for their children as they see fit, regardless of what third parties see fit.  This may come into play when Read More

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Sentencing for Drug Trafficking in North Carolina N.C.G.S. § 90-95(h).

When most people think of drug trafficking they envision pallets of drugs stored in a warehouse or being transported in large quantities for sale.  However, under North Carolina law, the amount of drugs needed is often much less than one might imagine.  Just a single ounce of cocaine or methamphetamine can lead a defendant afoul Read More

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N.C. Statute banning use of commercial social networking Web sites by sex offenders is Unconstitutional.

North Carolina, like many other states, has taken several measures to protect the public from future harmful acts committed by convicted sex offenders.  While it is impossible to to determine what a person may or may not do in the future, North Carolina takes a proactive approach in protecting the public.  Convicted sex offenders are Read More

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A Basic Fourth Amendment Principle

The correct application of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States is germane in criminal proceedings. Like other areas of Constitutional Law, the volume of cases expounding upon it is tremendous, while the text is brief upon its face.  In its entirety it reads as follows:   “The right of the people Read More

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