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    • Does Infidelity Affect a Divorce Case in Raleigh?

      In North Carolina, adultery is a ground (legal reason) for filing for divorce , and naturally, this will have an effect on the case, often making an already difficult process that much more painful. ...

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    • Types of Alimony in North Carolina

      Depending on a couple's situation, there are numerous types of short- and long-term alimony (or spousal support) available. If a couple had a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement that outlined how ...

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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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    • Red Flags When Purchasing a Business

      Purchasing a business is a process that you want to make sure you have a clear understanding of and legal guidance through. With the right amount of research and know-how, you can successfully ...

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    • Prince William Proposes to Girlfriend Kate Middleton

      Britain's most eligible royal bachelor has finally proposed to his girlfriend of 9 years, Kate Middleton. Prince William met Middleton while at school at Edinburgh. The two became friends and later ...

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    • Tips for Winning Custody of your Child

      In North Carolina, a court will decide the terms of a child custody agreement based on what reflects the best interests of the child. Generally, this can mean that the terms which see a child’s best ...

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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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    • 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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    • Sperm Donor Ordered to Pay Child Support

      Five years ago, a Kansas man responded to an ad he saw on Craigslist posted by a lesbian couple seeking a sperm donor. He said that he wanted to help them out. The man donated for free, and he signed ...

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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 ...

      Read More
    • 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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    • Alternatives to a Litigated Divorce

      Collaborative Divorce, Divorce Mediation, and Uncontested Divorce in Raleigh, NC Wondering how you can get an amicable divorce in Raleigh? For one thing, you will have to avoid a litigated divorce. ...

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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 for ...

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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 fault. ...

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    • Avoiding a Fourth of July DUI

      Fourth of July is a great time during the summer to gather with the ones you love and celebrate a day off of work, family and friends and a few beers. However, with all of the excitement, it can be ...

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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 It" campaign. ...

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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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    • Students and Cyber Crimes

      As the internet grows increasingly more popular among users young and old today, so do the rates of cybercrimes. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation , cybercrimes often include network ...

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    • What Should My Separation Agreement Include?

      Are you thinking about divorcing your spouse in North Carolina? Did you know that before you can actually file for divorce , the state requires that you live separately from them for at least one ...

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    • Common Yet Unfamiliar Divorce Court Terms

      Stepping into court for any reason can be a pretty confusing time for any person who has not dedicated their career to the law, legalese, and litigation. Divorce court is not an exception, and if you ...

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    • Steps to Successfully File for Divorce in 2016

      Sometimes coming to the decision to file for a divorce is surprisingly easy, you and your spouse both know that your marriage must be dissolved for you to continue to be happy. Sometimes it is one of ...

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    • 14 Empowering Lessons People Have Learned from Their Divorce

      As painful as a divorce is, the hard lessons of divorce are often what make people into better versions of themselves. This has been attested to time and again by people who have made it through to ...

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    • Alternatives to a Litigated Divorce

      Collaborative Divorce, Divorce Mediation, and Uncontested Divorce in Raleigh, NC Wondering how you can get an amicable divorce in Raleigh? For one thing, you will have to avoid a litigated divorce. ...

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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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    • 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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    • Many Divorces Prompted by Disagreements About Kids

      Almost half of all American marriages will end in a divorce. Many of these marriages are the result of a discrepancy that both partners just can’t seem to resolve. This can be anything from opinions ...

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    • Is Your Spouse Aloof to Your Troubled Marriage?

      Did you know that your spouse may have no idea that your marriage is on a rocky surface at the moment? There are times when your partner may be completely aloof of your troubles- in fact that might be ...

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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 to Do If You Get Pulled Over by the Police

      If you know ahead of time what to do at a police stop, this can help you immensely in overcoming any subsequent traffic violation citations or even DUI charges. If someone does not know how to handle ...

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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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    • Does Infidelity Affect a Divorce Case in Raleigh?

      In North Carolina, adultery is a ground (legal reason) for filing for divorce , and naturally, this will have an effect on the case, often making an already difficult process that much more painful. ...

      Read More
    • 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 ...

      Read More
    • 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 ...

      Read More
    • Same-Sex Couple Sues NC, Changes Birth Certificate Policy

      When federal courts defeated countrywide bans on same-sex marriage, future birth certificates for children of same-sex couples were supposed to include the names of both parents. It also opened up the ...

      Read More
    • Tips for Winning Custody of your Child

      In North Carolina, a court will decide the terms of a child custody agreement based on what reflects the best interests of the child. Generally, this can mean that the terms which see a child’s best ...

      Read More
    • Steps to Successfully File for Divorce in 2016

      Sometimes coming to the decision to file for a divorce is surprisingly easy, you and your spouse both know that your marriage must be dissolved for you to continue to be happy. Sometimes it is one of ...

      Read More
    • 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 ...

      Read More
    • 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 paternity. One ...

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    • Fathers' Rights for Child Visitation and Custody

      It is the right of the father of a child to have visitation and custody rights , whether or not you were present at the time of the birth of your child. Perhaps your wife kept the baby a secret after ...

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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 ...

      Read More
    • Hopper Law Firm, PLLC Merges With Wake Legal & Associates

      Hopper Law Firm, PLLC and Wake Legal & Associates have merged! Having previously been serving clients throughout Raleigh and the surrounding areas separately, Attorney Michael Hopper and his brother, ...

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    • Check Out Our New Raleigh Divorce Law Firm Office Location!

      The legal advocates you trust most in Raleigh have recently moved to a new and improved office location. That’s right – Hopper Law Firm, our award-winning Raleigh divorce attorney, and the rest of our ...

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    • Connect with Our Firm: Hopper Law Firm, PLLC

      Welcome to Hopper, Hopper & Mulligan, PLLC! If you are wondering what our firm is about, what you need to know is that we are committed to the clients we represent. If you choose to retain our legal ...

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    • Same-Sex Couple Sues NC, Changes Birth Certificate Policy

      When federal courts defeated countrywide bans on same-sex marriage, future birth certificates for children of same-sex couples were supposed to include the names of both parents. It also opened up the ...

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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 worth more ...

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    • Steps to Successfully File for Divorce in 2016

      Sometimes coming to the decision to file for a divorce is surprisingly easy, you and your spouse both know that your marriage must be dissolved for you to continue to be happy. Sometimes it is one of ...

      Read More
    • 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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    • Helping Your Children Work Through Your Divorce

      With so many families today filing for a divorce, it won't be a complete shocker to your children when they hear that a divorce is happening. It may; however, shock them when they realize that split ...

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    • Types of Alimony in North Carolina

      Depending on a couple's situation, there are numerous types of short- and long-term alimony (or spousal support) available. If a couple had a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement that outlined how ...

      Read More
    • 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 ...

      Read More
    • Types of Alimony in North Carolina

      Depending on a couple's situation, there are numerous types of short- and long-term alimony (or spousal support) available. If a couple had a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement that outlined how ...

      Read More
    • 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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    • Planning Your Prenuptial Agreements Before the Wedding

      If you and the love of your life have decided to officially tie the knot in a legal marriage, there are obviously many different factors that you will have to work through in order to be prepared to ...

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    • Same-Sex Couple Sues NC, Changes Birth Certificate Policy

      When federal courts defeated countrywide bans on same-sex marriage, future birth certificates for children of same-sex couples were supposed to include the names of both parents. It also opened up the ...

      Read More
    • Same-Sex Marriage Legalization Could Bring in Millions of Tax Dollars

      While it is true that the United States Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage has stirred up more controversy than any ruling in recent memory, it could also be bringing about a ...

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    • Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

      On June 26 th , 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states, and controversy immediately sprang up around the decision. People from coast to coast were ...

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    • What Should My Separation Agreement Include?

      Are you thinking about divorcing your spouse in North Carolina? Did you know that before you can actually file for divorce , the state requires that you live separately from them for at least one ...

      Read More
    • Categories of Divorce in North Carolina

      If you are considering a divorce in the state of North Carolina, it is helpful to have a basic understanding of the various different categories that your divorce can fall under. Filing for a divorce ...

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    • Taxes After Separation: What You Should Do

      If you are legally separated from a spouse but married to that person, then you can change the way that you file your taxes. In fact, you can file as a single person if you have a legal separation ...

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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 worth more ...

      Read More
    • 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 ...

      Read More
    • Alternatives to a Litigated Divorce

      Collaborative Divorce, Divorce Mediation, and Uncontested Divorce in Raleigh, NC Wondering how you can get an amicable divorce in Raleigh? For one thing, you will have to avoid a litigated divorce. ...

      Read More
    • 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 ...

      Read More
    • 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 for ...

      Read More
    • 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 ...

      Read More
    • Understanding Domestic Violence Criminal Charges

      Domestic violence is defined as being some form of abuse or physically violent act another person who is a part of the family, or whom you are currently in a relationship with. For example, most cases ...

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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 ...

      Read More
    • 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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    • 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 paternity. One ...

      Read More