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July 2014 Archives

The danger of staying silent about domestic abuse

In far too many marriages, domestic violence remains the "dirty little secret" kept between couples. For many in Charlotte, the idea of not reporting such abuse may seem ludicrous. Yet such an assumption fails to take into account the strong feelings victims may still have for their spouses despite the abuse. In fact, a U.S. Department of Justice survey showed that 12 percent of those who choose not to report incidents of domestic violence did so to protect their abusers.

Understanding how equitable division works in North Carolina

When couples are considering divorce in Charlotte, North Carolina, one major concern they may face is how to divide their property. When a decision cannot be reached by the couple on how to divide up their assets, a judge typically will make it for them. North Carolina is an equitable distribution state which means that assets are not just simply divided down the middle. Instead, the judges consider a number of factors to determine the needs and abilities of each spouse during the divorce process. Spouses may be granted more than half or less than half of the marital property based on these factors.

Divorcing Sherri Shepherd wants out of surrogate contract

With the advances in reproductive sciences in Ballantyne, North Carolina, child custody and support can become much more complicated. No longer is it such a clear cut case about who is responsible for the child, especially when there are sperm donors, egg donors and surrogates involved.

Ex-wife of former Dodgers owner ordered to pay his attorney fees

When a divorcing couple in Ballantyne, North Carolina cannot come to an agreement on the terms of their divorce, the process can become long and drawn out. When this happens, legal fees can start to really add up. This is why some couples choose to put provisions in their settlements that state that if the terms of the divorce are contested by either party, that person is responsible to pay for the legal fees of the other person.

Domestic violence protection may be harder for LGBT victims

Domestic violence in North Carolina is defined as attempting to or intentionally causing bodily injury or threatening to do so to a family member or a romantic partner of the opposite sex. This definition fails to take into account those who are part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. This omission puts LGBT individuals in danger for domestic violence. In fact, the federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a survey in 2010 in which they found that members of the LGBT community are just as likely if not more likely to be victims of domestic and sexual violence in their relationships.

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