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Facebook impacts current divorce rates

The popular networking site Facebook has been cited quite frequently in recent divorce cases across the United States.

According to Divorce Online, more than one-third of all divorce cases that were filed in 2011 had the word “Facebook” included somewhere in the official paperwork. This social media site has been used to establish poor parenting, cheating, and negative behavior from a spouse in court documents.

Children’s profiles are viewed in order to determine if they are misbehaving, and that information can be reflected on parents in child custody cases. Access to personal account information must also be shared in certain divorce cases, and direct messages can be used to show adultery in a relationship.

If you have been considering filing for divorce, please contact the divorce lawyers of Marshall & Taylor PLLC, by calling 919-833-1040 today.

‘Pregnant man’ files for divorce from wife of 9 years

Thomas Beatie, regarded as the ‘pregnant man’ by the media, has filed for divorce from his wife after nine years of marriage. He has made claims indicating that his wife was physically abusive towards him and was also mentally abusive to him at times.

Beatie gained national attention after he announced to the world that he was pregnant with his first child. He had made the transition from a female to a male but left his female reproductive organs in place in order to start a family with his wife, who was unable to have children.

The couple have three children together, two young boys and one little girl. Beatie’s claims persuaded a judge to issue a restraining order against his future ex-wife, and he was able to receive full temporary custody of the children. His former wife will be able to see the children each week for six hours as long as she is supervised.

Please contact the child custody lawyers of Marshall & Taylor PLLC, by calling 919-833-1040 if you or someone you know has questions regarding child custody issues.

Usher may lose custody of his children

Last month in a Georgia courtroom, Usher Raymond’s ex-wife asked a judge for full custody of their two small children. Up until this point, Usher and Tameka shared joint custody of their sons, 4-year-old Usher V and 3-year-old Naviyd.

Tameka has made several allegations against Usher, claiming that he is an unfit parent and that he has not paid her child support for several months. She also asked the court to drug test Usher after believing he was abusing pills in front of their sons.

Usher told the court that the allegations hold no merit and that he is interested in obtaining more time with his children. The judge in their case has ordered them to attend private mediation sessions in order to develop a temporary child custody arrangement.

Please contact the Raleigh child custody lawyers of Marshall & Taylor PLLC, by calling 919-833-1040 if you or someone you know has questions involving child custody or child support arrangements.

Parents who smoke could lose custody of their children

Action on Smoking and Health, an advocacy group that is against tobacco use, recently gathered data related to child custody cases and smoking. Their findings indicate that several United States courts are beginning to put a large emphasis on smoking around minor children.

Non-smoking parents are being awarded custody on a more regular basis. These parents are also using evidence in court that their former spouse is a smoker in order to obtain these custody outcomes. Smokers are not granted full custody due, in part, to the negative side effects of their harmful habits.

Numerous court rulings showcase these beliefs on tobacco use among parents of minor children. A man in Georgia took his ex-wife to court over the custody of their young daughter. He presented evidence showing that their daughter developed asthma, and his ex-wife, a smoker, continued to smoke cigarettes in her presence. The judge in the case awarded full custody to the father.

Please contact the Raleigh child custody lawyers of Marshall & Taylor PLLC by calling 919-833-1040, if you or someone you know has questions regarding a child custody case.


The mother of all football games-Super Bowl XLVI

Raleigh divorce attorneys of Marshall & Taylor PLLC are delighted to discuss the 2012 Super Bowl this Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The New York Giants and the New England Patriots meet on Sunday to play in the biggest football of the year at Super Bowl XLVI.  The Giants played the Patriots in the 2008 Super Bowl and won the game upsetting the Patriots’ 18-0 record.

Eli Manning, quarterback for the Giants, led his team to victory during the last three games against the Atlanta Falcons, the Green Bay Packers, and the San Francisco 49ers.  They now have a 12-7 record and plan to come out on top over the 15-3 Patriots.

The game airs Sunday Feb 5 at 6:30pm EST on NBC.  NFL.com has more information.

Single-dad wins in family court show acceptance of new families

A greater number of single-dad wins in family court hearings shows a growing acceptance of new families.  Furthermore, statistics show that in the past 10 years, the number of families led by single fathers has increased by 27.3 percent.

8 percent of American families with children include a single father.  In 1950, 1.1 percent of American families with children included a single dad.  Single mothers head 7.2 percent of all American families, including families without children.  Of all American families, single fathers lead 2.4 percent.

A family law professor at the University of Notre Dame says, “If the dad is really interested in getting custody and wants to have a relationship with his kids, he is far more successful than he was 20 years ago.”

If you are a father seeking child support or child custody, contact the Raleigh fathers’ rights attorneys of Marshall & Taylor PLLC at 919-833-1040 to learn more about your rights as a father.

Mother denied custody because of cancer diagnosis

A North Carolina divorce and child custody case has gained significant attention from the media and internet users after a judge denied custody of two children to their mother because she had cancer.

Over 100,000 people have signed a petition online titled “Do not allow NC Judge to take Alaina Giordano’s children because she has cancer.”  There has also been a debate between lawyers on the American Bar Association’s website.

Currently, Giordano’s two children (11 and 6-years old) live with her in Durham.  However, according to the judge’s ruling, the kids must move to Chicago to live with their father.

If you or someone you know has questions about determining sole custody, contact the Raleigh sole custody lawyers of Marshall & Taylor PLLC at 919-833-1040 to learn more about the child custody decision process.