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I’m Already Married — Can I Still Sign a Prenup in North Carolina?

Contrary to popular belief, premarital and postmarital agreements (which most non-lawyers call prenuptial and postnuptial agreements or “prenups” and “postnups” for short) aren’t just tools for the wealthy and frequently divorced. Signing a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement can help a couple protect their individual assets and clarify expectations before and during the marriage. Prenups and postnups can also control what happens in case a couple separates and eventually divorces.

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Who’s Right, Part 2: North Carolina Right-of-Way Laws for Bicycles

If you’re a cyclist and you ride on public roads in North Carolina, it’s essential to understand our state’s traffic laws and how they apply to bicycles. In part two of our right-of-way series, we’re explaining North Carolina’s bicycle laws and how they affect riders, pedestrians, and motorists on the roadKeep reading to learn more. 

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Legal Advice for a Healthy Divorce

8 New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthier Divorce

A new year brings out the idealist in many of us — hoping and dreaming of doing things differently (or better, somehow) over the next 12 months. But the prospect of a new year can also focus our attention on big things that need to change. Perhaps because of this, the divorce rate spikes every January. If a relationship is no longer working, a new year can represent the chance for a fresh start.

If you or your partner recently filed for divorce (or are headed in that direction), consider making some New Year’s resolutions this year that focus on keeping the peace. These eight resolutions might help foster a healthier divorce and improve relations with your former partner.
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Who Gets Alimony in North Carolina and Why?

When one spouse can’t support themselves after a divorce, that spouse can seek alimony (also called spousal support) from the other spouse to help them stay financially secure as they transition out of the marriage. The idea behind alimony is that both spouses have become accustomed to a certain lifestyle in marriage, and neither spouse should have to immediately face a drastic change in their financial means because of a divorce.

The idea of alimony might seem straightforward, but alimony is often a complicated and contentious issue during a divorce. Many people also come into a divorce case with mistaken or outdated ideas about what alimony is and how it works.

In this blog article, we’ll explain what you need to know about who gets alimony in North Carolina and why. Continue reading “Who Gets Alimony in North Carolina and Why?”

What Evidence Do I Need for a Wrongful Death Claim?

What Evidence Do I Need for a Wrongful Death Claim in North Carolina?

If your loved one passed away because of someone else’s recklessness, you and your family deserve justice. A wrongful death claim is one way to recover the costs of their medical care and funeral, as well as lost income, pain and suffering, companionship and relationship, and more. The financial compensation can never replace the relationship you had with your loved one, but having financial security means you and your family will have the resources you need after they’re gone. Continue reading “What Evidence Do I Need for a Wrongful Death Claim in North Carolina?”

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6 Tips to Reduce the Stress of Co-Parenting During the Holidays

The holidays can be a stressful time for just about anyone, with all of the special events, shopping, family obligations, performances, and crazy schedules to juggle. But if you’re a separated or divorced parent, worrying about child custody and co-parenting over the holidays adds another level of stress. Now you have to navigate separate household schedules, extended family expectations, any lingering tensions, and both parents’ desire to spend as much time with your children as possible. Continue reading “6 Tips to Reduce the Stress of Co-Parenting During the Holidays”

How Is a Truck Accident Different From a Car Accident?

How Is a Truck Accident Different From a Car Accident?

You’re stopped in highway traffic when your car is suddenly slammed from behind and propelled forward, possibly into another car or off of the highway. A large truck failed to stop in time and crashed into your car. Your head snaps backward and forward violently as the airbags go off. Because you were hit by a big truck, this won’t be a simple rear-end collision case. Instead, it will turn into something much more complex.

In this blog, we’ll discuss the differences between truck crashes and car accidents and explain what to do if you need help after a wreck. Continue reading “How Is a Truck Accident Different From a Car Accident?”

North Carolina Right of Way Laws for Pedestrians

Who’s Right? North Carolina Right of Way Laws for Pedestrians

The Department of Motor Vehicles reports that pedestrian fatalities in North Carolina have been on the rise for the past 10 years — up 54% since 2009 and up 13.4% from 2017 to 2018.

Since pedestrians are some of our most vulnerable road users, it’s important for drivers to always be on the lookout for pedestrians crossing the road. It is likewise important for pedestrians to be aware of the rules that keep them safe and their rights when injured by a negligent driver in North Carolina.

Keep reading to learn the right of way laws in six common pedestrian crossing situations and how these rules could affect your car accident personal injury claim.

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What Happens When Divorced Parents Disagree on Vaccinations?

Most people who receive vaccines are underage children who rely on their parents to make medical decisions for them. When parents disagree on whether to vaccinate their child, frustration and arguments can follow. And when a vaccination argument gets wrapped up in a divorce and all the other related legal complications, it can make it very hard for parents to find common ground.

So, what happens when separated or divorced parents can’t agree about essential medical care decisions such as immunizations? In this article, we’ll talk about how courts treat these disagreements and give an overview of your rights and options. Continue reading “What Happens When Divorced Parents Disagree on Vaccinations?”

North Carolina Pet Custody Laws

Who Gets the Dog in a Divorce? Understanding North Carolina Pet Custody Laws

Although many people consider their pets to be part of the family, in the eyes of the law, your furry friend is either property or an asset. So, like all other possessions in a divorce, ownership of your dog, cat, rabbit, or other domestic animal is included in the property division negotiation.

You can try to reach a mutual pet custody agreement with your spouse similar to a child custody arrangement. If you can’t decide what to do, however, the judge in your case will consider several factors to determine who gets the animal. Continue reading “Who Gets the Dog in a Divorce? Understanding North Carolina Pet Custody Laws”