The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that on average, two people are killed daily in the United States in bicycle-vehicle crashes, totaling upward of 700 deaths per year. With North Carolina being a popular bike-friendly state for cycling enthusiasts, state residents in both urban and rural areas need to educate themselves about the state’s biking laws and policies. Continue reading “Sharing the Road: Basic Bicycle Safety Laws in North Carolina”
Last June, the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states in the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges decision. While gay couples in North Carolina had already won their right to marry after the 2014 U.S. District Court ruling in General Synod of the United Church of Christ v. Cooper, the decision in Obergefell still made a massive impact in our state and everywhere else — same-sex couples can now marry anytime, anywhere, and in any state without worrying that their marriage won’t be recognized elsewhere due to differing state laws regarding gay marriage.
While Obergefell stripped away the complicated patchwork of state statutes on same-sex marriage, it has created a whole new host of legal concerns for same-sex couples, especially those who marry and then later decide to divorce. Since a full legal marriage has only been an option for gay couples in North Carolina for about two years (and less in some other states), these couples may not have had time to familiarize themselves with some of the family law issues that now apply to them.
Even though walking provides a stimulating and healthy way to take in the natural beauty and night life here in Charlotte, it doesn’t come without a degree of risk: our city experiences a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian more than once a day on average, according to figures released in a report last month by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
When you’re going through a divorce, it can be hard to handle the stress and emotional turmoil. Often, the legal aspects of divorce tend to get tangled up with the emotional and personal issues that led to the end of the relationship, and arguments over child custody only complicate the situation further. Continue reading “7 Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Child Custody Case”
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), injuries are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44 and the leading cause of disability for Americans of all age groups. In 2010 alone, an estimated 126,000 people died from accidental injuries. Many of those disabilities and deaths are preventable, which is reason enough to take a few extra safety precautions each day in order to avoid a life-altering injury.
The days and weeks after you first sustain a personal injury can be confusing and stressful: In addition to needing medical treatment for your injuries, you may be wondering what to do next and what your legal options are if you were injured due to someone else’s negligent behavior.
When a marriage ends, the court commonly orders one spouse to provide financial support to the other for a period of time — sometimes even indefinitely. This mandatory payment to a former spouse is called “spousal support,” although the average person will probably recognize it by the more familiar term “alimony.”
“Tort Reform” in Action
Although “tort reform” is a popular political talking point for many public officials — especially during an election year such as this one — few people really understand what proposed tort reform measures mean for actual personal injury victims when put into practice. One particular law that passed several years ago in North Carolina continues to exemplify how so-called “tort reform” measures can deny justice to injury victims.
We hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving holiday! For those of you who will be traveling, please be safe.
Here is a link to a blog post I recently wrote for NCAJ for use on the blog over there: 3 Common Questions in a Family Law Initial Consultation. Enjoy!