Same-Sex Divorce North Carolina

Are Same-Sex Divorces Really the Same in North Carolina?

Same-sex marriages have been legal in all 50 states for over four years. Unfortunately, having your same-sex marriage recognized as legal doesn’t always translate to receiving equal or fair treatment, and some same-sex couples are running into unique problems while seeking a divorce. The main point of contention: how to determine when the marriage began.

Same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships first started becoming legal at the turn of the 21st century but weren’t made universally legal in the United States until 2015. Many same-sex couples lived in domestic partnerships, cohabitating arrangements, or marriages that took place in other states before their state began recognizing and performing same-sex marriages.

While same-sex couples can and do get divorced, many are discovering that there are complications they didn’t foresee. Keep reading to learn more about some of the difficulties and considerations that same-sex couples may face during a divorce. Continue reading “Are Same-Sex Divorces Really the Same in North Carolina?”

Pedestrian Safety in Charlotte

Twilight Traffic Concerns: Shedding Light on Pedestrian Safety

Not only can the hustle and bustle of city life be exhausting, but it can also be dangerous for pedestrians, especially during sunrise and sunset. In crowded city areas, such as uptown Charlotte, countless people walk to and from their cars, restaurants, bars, and workplaces during these times of the day. Sunrise and sunset are also popular times for runners who want to squeeze in a quick run before or after work.

With so many pedestrians out and about at sunrise and sunset and countless drivers rushing to and from work, pedestrian accidents are most likely to happen at dawn and dusk. But the traffic at twilight isn’t the only factor that makes these times so dangerous.

Keep reading to learn more about why twilight is so dangerous to pedestrians, how to improve pedestrian safety, and what to do if you’ve been in an accident as a pedestrian. Continue reading “Twilight Traffic Concerns: Shedding Light on Pedestrian Safety”

Child Custody Attorney

Can I Move Away With My Child During a Custody Case?

Divorce is difficult on the entire family, but children are often affected the hardest. If you are a divorced or separated parent and are considering relocating with your child, you should know that you might not be allowed to move, especially if the court decides the relocation is not in the child’s best interest.

If you are moving a relatively short distance or the move will not affect the current custody arrangement, the move should not be an issue. However, to move your child out of the state or a considerable distance within the state, you will need either an agreement with the other parent or court approval. If you have questions about whether you need to get approval to move or if you need help convincing a court that you should be able to relocate with your child, you should speak with an experienced family law and child custody attorney.

In this article, we’ll highlight a few key custody terms and discuss how a court will determine whether a custodial parent can move with their child. Continue reading “Can I Move Away With My Child During a Custody Case?”

Compensation Explained: What Can I Receive From My Injury Case?

Have you been injured in a car crash or another incident where someone else’s negligence is to blame? If so, you’re likely wondering about the benefits of filing a personal injury claim and what compensation you might be entitled to receive.

Accurately calculating compensation in an injury case is a complicated process that depends on many factors, so it often requires the expertise of a personal injury attorney. Some of the relevant factors include the extent of your injuries and the nature of the negligent person’s behavior.

We’ll discuss these factors in more detail later in this article, but for now, we’ll start by talking about the three types of compensation you could receive from a personal injury case. Continue reading “Compensation Explained: What Can I Receive From My Injury Case?”

Personal Injury Claim

No One Got a Ticket in the Crash — Can I Still File an Injury Claim?

Tickets and police reports can be useful evidence for supporting a personal injury claim and proving the other driver was at fault for your car crash. But what if a ticket wasn’t issued? Does this mean you can’t file? The short answer is no. A lack of a ticket does not mean a lack of fault.

If you were in a car crash and neither you nor the other drivers received a ticket, you can still file a personal injury claim if the other driver caused the crash. While proving fault does not require that a ticket be issued, working with a skilled and experienced personal injury attorney can increase your chances of recovering compensation for your injuries.

Keep reading to learn more about why the police might not have issued a ticket, how this will affect your personal injury claim, and how to prove fault. Continue reading “No One Got a Ticket in the Crash — Can I Still File an Injury Claim?”

Child Custody Myths

5 Child Custody Myths, Debunked

In 2015, more than a quarter of all children under 21 years of age had a parent living outside of their household, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Whether the parents were divorced or separated, many of these arrangements involved formal or informal child custody agreements.

There are a lot of misconceptions and myths about custody cases, due in large part to the fact that child custody agreements and rulings depend on factors specific to each situation. Dealing with child custody issues can be a very emotional and complex process, so it’s important to understand some of the common myths before you get started and work with a family attorney to better understand your options.

Continue reading to get a quick overview of typical custody considerations and learn about five child custody myths you shouldn’t believe. Continue reading “5 Child Custody Myths, Debunked”

Hit-and-Run Crash

What Should I Do After a Hit-and-Run Crash?

After a car crash, responsible drivers stop and collect information from each other, report the accident to the police, and call for medical help if necessary. But what happens if the other vehicle drives off?

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than 10% of car crashes reported to the police are hit-and-runs. If you’ve been the victim of a hit-and-run car crash, it’s understandable that you would be confused about what to do next and how to recover compensation for your injuries. After all, how do you file a personal injury claim if you don’t know who is responsible for your injuries?

One of the most important things to understand about a hit-and-run crash is that you should treat it much the same as a regular crash. Although there might not be someone for you to identify as the at-fault party, you will still need to prove that you were not at fault and deserve compensation. Contacting an experienced attorney will greatly increase your chances of obtaining compensation for property damages and medical expenses from a crash where the other driver is unidentified.

Keep reading to learn what to do if you’ve been in a hit-and-run car crash. Continue reading “What Should I Do After a Hit-and-Run Crash?”

Divorce Books

6 Books That Can Help You Get Through a Divorce

Everyone processes stress and grief differently. When going through a rough divorce, talking to friends and family or seeking professional advice can be a huge help. But for those who enjoy sitting down and relaxing with a good book, reading can be another effective coping strategy.

In this article, we recommend six books that provide empathy, advice, and humor to help you get through your divorce. Continue reading “6 Books That Can Help You Get Through a Divorce”

protect online privacy during divorce

Remember to Protect Your Online Privacy During a Divorce

A divorce can take an emotional and financial toll, regardless of who initiated the separation in the first place. And while it’s only natural and healthy to seek advice and emotional support during your divorce, it’s important to only do so privately with friends and family whom you can trust not to betray any sensitive information to your spouse — and even with them, you need to be careful.

Your online accounts contain all sorts of information that could be potentially used against you during divorce proceedings, which is why preventing your spouse from making unwanted intrusions into your sensitive online information is critical during a difficult divorce. And it’s also not unheard of for an angry, vindictive spouse to resort to identity theft to try and punish their ex.

Speak with an experienced divorce attorney for help maintaining the integrity of your online accounts, or continue reading for some helpful tips to get you started. Continue reading “Remember to Protect Your Online Privacy During a Divorce”

Auto Insurance

9 FAQs About North Carolina Auto Insurance, Answered

After an accident, your first instinct might be to turn to your insurance company for help, but their priority is to maximize profits — not compensate you for your injuries and losses. Some states, like North Carolina, have policies and laws that complicate this insurance process even further and provide additional ways for insurance companies to avoid paying full compensation. Rather than turning to your insurance company, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately after your accident to discern if you have a valid claim.

Here’s what you need to know about North Carolina auto insurance policies and processes to keep you and your family safe on the road. Continue reading “9 FAQs About North Carolina Auto Insurance, Answered”