Move on with your life after divorce

To live a happy life, one should remember to let go of things bringing one down: regrets or actions that can no longer be undone, unhealthy life habits, and toxic relationships especially. One essential way of letting go of a failed marriage after a divorce is by moving on and focusing on living one’s own life rather than hanging on to the past by harboring ill feelings toward your ex-partner.

Seeking ways to make your own life better, more productive, and more worthwhile is how one should go about moving on from a divorce. Getting a new chance at life and at another relationship is a luxury others are not afforded, and you should jump at the chance of fulfilling it. Quit being miserable and dragging yourself down by making everything about your ex. Provide for yourself, and if you have children, provide for them, as best as you can.

Our attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC in North Carolina frequently handle family law cases that involve child custody, child support, divorce, and alimony, among others. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (919) 833-1040.


Anthony Weiner asking Huma Abedin not to divorce him

Former United States Representative Anthony Weiner, 52, is reportedly asking his wife of almost seven years, Huma Abedin, 40, not to divorce him. Abedin worked as vice chairperson for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

“They are actually getting on pretty well, and he and his friends are hoping that they might reconcile,” an unnamed source told the New York Post. After an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of a laptop that Weiner and Abedin shared, the agency also found e-mails from Clinton to Abedin, resulting in the FBI reopening an inquiry into Clinton’s private server. However, other sources said Weiner and Abedin were not getting back together. “A reconciliation is very unlikely,” another source added.

Our attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC are often able to negotiate agreements on family legal issues, such as property division, legal separation, and divorce, among others. Do not hesitate to get in touch with us by calling our Raleigh offices today at (919) 833-1040.


Court rules in favor of husband who wants frozen embryos destroyed

Property and children are usually the most contentious issues in a divorce. However, in the case of Drake and Mandy Rooks, who recently got divorced, it’s a bit more complicated than it usually is.

In a case decided on by the Colorado Court of Appeals on Oct. 20, 2016, the appeals court confirmed the earlier decision of a trial court that found favor with the husband in the case of the custody of frozen embryos. When Mandy and Drake divorced, Mandy was awarded custody of their three children and she also sought custody for the six embryos that was deposited in the fertility clinic that helped them conceive their three children—the court clarified that, for unspecified reasons, Mandy would be unable to conceive without the frozen embryos. Drake also wanted custody of the embryos, but instead of making children with them, he wanted them destroyed.

The appeals court stated that no state considered embryos as people: until they become implanted in a uterus, they are considered property.

Turning to other states for guidance, the Colorado appeals court has to consider three approaches: the “balancing of interests” approach, the “contemporaneous mutual consent” approach, and the “contract” approach.

The trial court judge used the balancing of interests approach, ruling that Drake’s interest in not having a child is greater than Mandy’s interest in having a child from the embryos, in the sense that Drake stands much to lose if a child is conceived from the embryos, such as the logical possibility of having to pay for child support.

Our North Carolina family legal attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC in Raleigh specialize in property division, alimony, domestic violence and restraining orders, mediation and arbitration, divorce, and child custody, among other family legal matters. Call our offices today at (919) 833-1040.


Harnett County takes a stand against domestic violence

In an address made by the Harnett County Clerk of Court Martha Johnson, she revealed that SAFE catered to 906 crisis calls in the year 2015, a 13% increase from 2014. Johnson made the speech to attendees of the benefit concert and candlelight vigil for Lillington, North Carolina-based domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy group SAFE of Harnett County.

Also in 2015, SAFE personally helped 424 individuals, 90% of whom were women between the ages of 26 and 60. Around 45 adults and 39 children were rescued and taken to safe houses by the organization, marking a 21% increase from the year before. Families stayed an average of six weeks in SAFE’s safe houses.

Our family law attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC provide legal services for our clients in Raleigh and other areas in North Carolina. We handle family law cases involving legal separation, domestic violence, and restraining orders, among others. Call our offices today at (919) 833-1040 to learn more about our services and to see how we could help you with your situation.


Facts About Shotgun Weddings

A recent study published in Demography showed shotgun marriages occur most often in demographic groups with lower overall marriage rates. As the name suggests, shotgun marriages, or midpregnancy marriages, happen after the woman conceives the child and before the child is born.

Researchers used administrative data in North Carolina on almost 800,000 white and black mothers, using birth, marriage, and divorce records between the years 1992 and 2012. The study found that among children born to married parents, shotgun marriages rose by 41% for white women with a high school diploma or less; 61% for black women with a high school diploma or less; 20% for all black mothers; 17% for white mothers under age 25; and 60% for black mothers under age 25.

Our attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC provide legal services for our clients in Raleigh and other areas in North Carolina. We handle family legal issues, such as divorce, child custody, and arbitration, among others. Call our offices today at (919) 833-1040 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team.


Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt reach temporary custody agreements

Fifty-two-year-old actor and producer Brad Pitt reached a temporary custody agreement with 41-year-old actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie. Pitt had asked a judge to give him joint custody of his six children, namely 15-year-old Maddox, 12-year-old Pax, 11-year-old Zahara, 10-year-old Shiloh, and eight-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox.

A representative for Jolie said last Monday, November 7 that the children will continue to have “therapeutic visits” with Pitt while they continue to live with her, at least until the court decides permanently on the matter.

Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt in September, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the dissolution of the marriage. The actress cited the reason for divorce as a move “for the health of the family.” Pitt, in his separate divorce filing, cited irreconcilable differences as a reason, but he did not specify if there was a prenuptial agreement between the two. He also did not indicate how he wanted them to divide their assets.

We at Marshall & Taylor PLLC provide services for our clients in Raleigh and other areas in North Carolina. We can be counted on to lend legal aid to people undergoing challenging family legal matters. Get in touch with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (919) 833-1040. Our attorneys are here to help make you feel better during this difficult time.


Lack of family and financial planning can result in higher divorce expenses

Sometimes, it won’t happen until after a couple splits up that they will discover how expensive a divorce can be. To make matters worse, divorce proceedings can get a lot more complicated if there are valuable assets to be divided between them.

Entrepreneurs and business tycoons are known for having the most expensive divorces, amounting to millions of dollars. One of them is the divorce of hotel magnate Li Kin-Kan from his wife Florence Tsang-Chiu-Wing, which cost around $157 million. Kin-Kan asked Tsang-Chiu-Wing to perform an abortion; she refused. Subsequently, she learned that he was having an affair, thus ending their marriage that had started in 2008.

The settlement money was equivalent to 20% of Kin-Kan’s profits and was sealed under a new law that guaranteed a 50-50 split of assets. Furthermore, Judge John Sanders said that Tsang-Chiu-Wing was entitled to their yacht, as she should be afforded the same lifestyle as though they had never divorced.

If you find yourself going through the challenge of a divorce proceeding, a child custody battle, an asset or debt division dispute, or a child or spousal support dispute, we have the right attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC to help you. Call our Raleigh, North Carolina offices today at (919) 833-1040.


New study shows many California parents experienced abuse as children

One in five adults in the state of California who are living with children at their homes were beaten, kicked, or subjected to other forms of physical maltreatment as children. Additionally, one in ten were subjected to some form of sexual abuse, according to data released by the Central California Children’s Institute at California State University, Fresno.

Central California Children’s Institute director Cassandra Joubert said the number reported is likely the low end of the spectrum. As she put it, “I think these kinds of events within families are hush-hush, swept under the rug, not really talked about.” Joubert said singling out parents who were victims of sexual and physical abuse is essential to ending the cycle of violence because mistreated children have a tendency to be abusive towards their children as adults.

If you are faced with a divorce, child custody dispute, or domestic violence case, you have found the right attorneys to help. Contact the attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC by dialing our Raleigh, North Carolina offices today at (919) 833-1040 to get help resolving your family legal issue.


Research shows “silver splitters” less likely to survive a heart attack

A study from Duke University showed that people who never married are 73% more likely not to survive a heart attack compared to their married counterparts. The study attributes this phenomenon to a lack of social support.

Divorce is equally bad for the health of people who suffered from a heart attack: divorcees are 70% more likely to die after a heart attack. British Heart Foundation representative Maureen Talbot said that as people get older, they should take note of their lifestyle choices. She said “Whether you’re married, divorced or single, the main cause of a heart attack is the build-up of fatty plaque in your arteries. People are more likely to have a heart attack or stroke as they get older so it is important to determine any necessary lifestyle changes as early as possible to reduce your risk.”

Our attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC provide legal services for our clients in Raleigh and other areas in North Carolina.We handle all aspects of family law, and we understand how emotionally challenging these matters can be for plaintiffs and respondents alike. Call our offices today at (919) 833-1040 to learn more about your legal options.


Children with divorced parents may take up risky behavior to cope

A new study titled United Kingdom Millennium Cohort Study that was published on Monday, October 10 in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood. It showed that children who experienced the loss of a parent are more likely to smoke and drink by age 11.

According to University College London senior research associate and an author of the study Rebecca Lacey, “We know from previous research that people may take up risky health behaviors as a coping strategy or as a form of self-medication, to help them cope with stressful situations.”

An unlikely example of this phenomenon is United States President Barack Obama. In a new MTV documentary titled Prescription for Change: Ending America’s Opioid Crisis, Obama said: “When I was a teenager, I used drugs, I drank, I pretty much tried whatever was out there, but I was in Hawaii, and it was a pretty relaxed place. I was lucky that I did not get addicted except to cigarettes, which took me a long time to kick.” Obama’s parents divorced when he was three.

Our attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC provide legal services in Raleigh and other areas of North Carolina. We will ensure your rights are protected during a family legal case proceeding. Get in touch with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (919) 833-1040.