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Child Custody: Determining the Best Interests of the Child

Ideally, both parents will be able to craft a parenting plan on their own. Presumably, the parents would be much more acquainted with what is best for their child than a court could be, and then ...
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Understanding Shoplifting Charges

In North Carolina, shoplifting is prosecuted as "larceny of goods", and this charge could come as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances. Usually, if the items taken are ...
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How to Approach a Divorce Settlement

Most divorces will end in a settlement, not in some dramatic courtroom setting. And that is good news, as this gives most couples the chance to end things amicably and quickly. If you are going to get ...
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Holidays and the Decision to Divorce

Whether or not you and your spouse found it difficult to arrive at the decision to divorce, the holidays can complicate your choice. While the stress of the holidays can push couples past the breaking ...
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Ways to Reduce the Cost of Your Divorce

One of the top fears faced in a divorce relates to finances. While property division does weigh heavy in couple's minds, the main fear is about how much the divorce itself is going to cost. Even ...
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Five Ways to Get Out of a Traffic Ticket

Getting a traffic ticket can be a frustrating experience. You may or may not have been aware that you committed an infraction and yet suddenly you are being faced with having to pay or try and get out ...
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Hundreds Arrested in North Carolina "Booze It & Lose It" Campaign

Around Halloween (October 25 to 31), law enforcement made 842 arrest for drunk driving, says the North Carolina Department of Transportation. This was during the state's "Booze It & Lose ...
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You Can Make a Happier Divorce Possible

There is no way around it. Divorce can be simply miserable—even if you were the one who asked for it. If you have children, they are also suffering, and from something that is not even their ...
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How to Deal with an Unlawful Police Stop

When an officer asks you to pull over for a police stop there is a very strong possibility that you will be issued a citation or placed under arrest. No matter the final outcome of the police stop, ...
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Entry into Unlocked Cars Still Charged as Burglary

On Sunday, October 6, police received a call about a person getting into unlocked cars. Reports state that the suspect had rifled through the glove compartments and the consoles of 11 cars to find ...
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Getting the Help of Experts in Your Divorce

Divorce is such a complex process for some couples that the assistance of experts is essential. Of course, every divorcing individual will need a legal expert on their side to protect their interests ...
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Can I Expunge a DUI in North Carolina?

Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol and driving while impaired (DWI) are both serious criminal offenses in the state of North Carolina. Any individual suspected of DUI/DWI in Raleigh ...
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How Do I Fight a DUI Conviction in Raleigh, NC?

If you or a loved one has been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) you may be wondering how you will be able to fight your charges so as to avoid significant fines, jail time and other ...
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Why Do I Need a Divorce Lawyer?

You may be looking into do-it-yourself options when it comes to divorce, but is it worth the cost in the long run? In most cases, no. Not only can a cheap DIY divorce lead to ghastly errors, but ...
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Prenuptial Agreements FAQ

What exactly does a prenuptial agreement do? For one thing, a prenuptial agreement does not have to mean that you are already thinking about the possibility of a divorce. It actually can include ...
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Getting a Divorce? Here Are 5 Helpful Things to Know

Many couples get blindsided by divorce. After all, when people get married, they certainly are not planning for to be separated one day. So when someone does face divorce, they may not be as prepared ...
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What to Do About Child Custody If I Wasn't the Best of Parents Before?

Perhaps you were not a model parent before, but now as you face a divorce, you want to be a better parent for your child. There are ways to improve your chances of still being awarded visitation ...
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Leading Cause of Divorce: It's Changed

The top reason given for a divorce is no longer infidelity. It is unreasonable behavior. That is what a new U.K. study claims. The Co-operative Legal Services looked over data for the past several ...
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Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Low-Level Drug Offenders

Last month, Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. made a huge announcement, declaring that nonviolent, low-level drug offenders might no longer be facing mandatory minimum sentences. In fact, Holder hopes ...
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What Is Going to Happen with the House in a Divorce?

Property division is one of the complex and stressful aspects of a divorce. It can be a time consuming process to merely assess which property is separate and which is marital. Probably the most ...
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Divorce and Your Retirement: 4 Things to Avoid

As more and more couples get divorced in midlife, more and more people are being faced with concerns about how this divorce will affect their retirement plans. According to an ING U.S. study, ...
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What You Can Do If a Spouse Hides Assets from You During a Divorce

Dividing property is a difficult enough endeavor. It can take a lot of time to decide what marital property or divisible property is, and what assets and debts are separate property. The process is ...
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Supreme Court Changes How You Use Your Right to Remain Silent

You probably understand that you have the right to remain silent if you are under arrest, and you may assume that you have this right outside of police custody too. You may have been right a few ...
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Establishing Paternity in Raleigh

Depending on the circumstances, a paternity test could establish the father's rights and/or the mother's rights, as well as the rights of the child. There are several ways to establish ...
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North Carolina Divorce FAQs: Alimony

All manner of issues contribute to the stress of a divorce. Many of these issues are financial. Alimony is one such matter. If you have any questions about your case, please do not hesitate to contact ...
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