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Court Upholds Unsealing of NASCAR CEO Divorce Documents

After over a year long battle over the unsealing of NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France’s divorce documents, the North Carolina Court of Appeals unanimously voted to uphold a previous ruling to unseal the documents on Monday, December 31.

France’s lawyers have worked for years to maintain the confidentiality of documents from France’s 2008 divorce from ex-wife Megan France, to whom he was married twice. In 2011, the Court of Appeals favored the public’s right to know against France’s secrecy. As a result of this ruling, District Court Judge Jena Culler order the documents unsealed, reversing another judge’s earlier order.

Following the 2011 ruling, France’s lawyers appealed, stating that this reversal could lead to “judicial anarchy.” However, this most recent ruling maintains that the documents must be unsealed for public knowledge.

Divorce under any circumstances can be extremely frustrating, emotional, and confusing. To understand your rights and options when going through a divorce, in addition to getting the support you deserve, call a divorce lawyer of Marshall & Taylor PLLC, today at 919-833-1040.

“Big Momma’s House” star files for divorce

The actor and comedian who is best known for his role in Big Momma’s House has filed for divorce from his wife of less than two years.

Martin Lawrence decided to end his marriage, and listed irreconcilable differences as the main reason for the split. Lawrence and his wife, Shamicka, were together for 15 years before deciding to get married in July 2010. While they were together, Shamicka gave birth to two girls, now ages 9 and 11.

A prenuptial agreement is present in their relationship, and reveals the division of most of their assets. The custody of their children has yet to be determined, and Lawrence is hoping to have joint custody of his two daughters. They released a joint statement regarding the fact that their main focus was their children at this time.

If you are thinking about filing for divorce, please contact the Raleigh divorce lawyers of Marshall & Taylor PLLC by calling 919-833-1040 today.


Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez divorce

Divorce is in the works for Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony after being separated since last June. The former celebrity couple has started taking the necessary steps in order to make their separation official. Anthony filed the paperwork in Los Angeles last Monday.

Media reports have revealed that Anthony was interested in reconciling with Lopez, but that she had other plans. Recently, Lopez has gone public with her new beau, a much younger back-up dancer who performs with the singer. She has been seen with him on numerous occasions, and apparently claims that she is in love.

Anthony took this as a final sign that their relationship was through. He labeled the reason for the split as irreconcilable differences. He is interested in being granted joint custody of their 4-year-old twins. This will be the second divorce for Anthony, and the third for Lopez.

Please contact the Raleigh divorce lawyers of Marshall & Taylor PLLC by calling 919-833-1040 if you or someone you know needs assistance with the divorce process.

Heidi Klum divorces Seal

Not too long after Heidi Klum and Seal were married, they agreed upon their future financial situation in case they were ever faced a divorce. That situation has become a reality, with Heidi divorcing Seal over the weekend. The paperwork outlines their custody and financial terms with one another.

Heidi wants to have sole physical custody of her four children. She was pregnant with her daughter when she met Seal in 2004. Seal was not the biological father, but he easily transitioned into the father role of Heidi’s daughter. He adopted the girl in 2009. During their relationship, they also welcomed three more children into the world.

Although they both publicly talked about their separation roughly three months ago, neither of them will be revealing any information regarding the filing of the divorce paperwork.

Divorce can be a strenuous procedure, and it is important to have experienced representation on your side. Please contact the Raleigh divorce lawyers of Marshall & Taylor PLLC by calling 919-833-1040 today.

Star of ‘One Tree Hill’ files for divorce

One of the stars of the CW television show, ‘One Tree Hill,’ has filed for divorce from her husband of  six years. The couple has one daughter together.

Bethany Joy Galeotti, known has Haley James Scott on the show, made a statement on her website that said:

“As most of you know, as much as I love to share with you the magic of ordinary days, I am also very private about my personal life. In fact, the only reason I’m saying anything about this at all is because you’ll all be wondering soon why everyone is calling me ‘Bethany Joy Lenz’ again.

I’m sorry to say that Michael and I have decided to divorce. We remain friendly and dedicated to raising our beautiful girl in love and we appreciate your prayers and support during this difficult time. I feel immensely humbled and grateful that God works all things for the good of those who love Him.”

If you or a loved one has been considering divorce, you need representation on your side that can help you through this difficult time step by step. Contact the Raleigh divorce lawyers of Marshall & Taylor Law Firm, P.C., by calling 919-833-1040.

Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli announce divorce

Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli have recently announced that they will be getting divorced after 11 years of marriage.

According to sources in the case, the couple announced their split this week and have made it clear that “no third party” was involved.  There have been rumors that a Canadian woman in her late 20s is the reason for the couple’s split.

The couple released a statement earlier in the week, “while we have decided to end our marriage, we both share the same deep love and devotion to our children. We remain dedicated to raising our beautiful daughters together. We ask for privacy and respect during this time.”

If you or a loved one has considering a divorce, you need representation on your side at this time. Contact the Raleigh divorce lawyers of Marshall & Taylor PLLC, by calling 919-833-1040.

Dennis Quaid and wife file for divorce

Earlier today it was announced that Dennis Quaid’s third wife, Kimberly Buffington-Quaid, has filed for divorce after nearly eight years of marriage.

Buffington-Quaid says that a conflict of personalities has destroyed their marriage and promises no possibility of reconciliation. She is asking for spousal support and attorney’s fees. A temporary custody order suggests that both parents plan to share custody of their twins, who heralded national attention after they nearly died of an overdose shortly after birth.

The temporary order states that Buffington-Quaid will have possession of the couple’s main residence and Mercedes. Quaid will get the condo and Cadillac Escalade. She is asking for an even split of their assets, but reports say Quaid doesn’t want her to get anything.

If you or someone you love is going through a divorce, contact the divorce lawyers of Marshall & Taylor PLLC at 919-833-1040 today.

Shooting between agents at the California Immigration and Customs Enforcement office

Last Thursday evening, a California Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer, Ezequiel Garcia, shot Kevin Kozak, his superior officer, six times.

The shooting was said to be incited from an argument during Garcia’s performance counseling.  Fortunately, Kozak is in stable condition.  Garcia was shot and killed by a third officer nearby.  It was stated by Garcia’s wife that they were considering divorce after 14 years of marriage.  She believes that Garcia’s actions could be related to the pending divorce.

“We are doing everything humanly possible to understand why it happened and ensure it will not happen again,” said Special Agent in Charge, Claude Arnold.


Duke’s final home wrestling match of the regular season

Raleigh divorce attorneys of Marshall & Taylor PLLC are excited to announce the final home match for the Duke Blue Devil wrestling team on Friday.

At 6:30pm on Friday, the Blue Devils will compete against NC State and Ohio University for its last home match of the regular season.  The start of the meet will take place on mat two against NC State at 6:30pm, and the second portion will take place on mat one against Ohio at 7:15pm.

Seniors Nick Adamo, Dan Adamo, Nico Cortese, Dak Adamson, A.J. Guardardo, and Chris Mullen will be recognized before the match begins.

For more information, visit www.goduke.com

California’s gay marriage ban is ruled unconstitutional

On Tuesday morning, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that Proposition 8, the ban on gay marriage in the state of California, is unconstitutional.

Proposition 8 was a voter-mandated ban on gay marriage that came into effect in November of 2008.  Tuesday’s historic decision was made by 2-1 vote of justices in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  The panel stated that the gay marriage ban in California “used the state’s initiative power to target a minority group and take away a right the group possessed, without legitimate reason.”

Judge Stephen Reinhardt, who was appointed by former President Jimmy Carter, stated, ”Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples.”

Same-sex marriage opponents will most likely appeal this decision, and it is unclear whether they will decide to try the case in front of the same court with a 14 judge panel or move directly to the Supreme Court.