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More than 10,000 children in North Carolina are in foster care

Statistics from the Jordan Institute for Families at the University of North Carolina showed that around 10,300 children are currently circulating in the foster care system in the state of North Carolina.

Children’s Home Society of North Carolina senior director of advocacy and development Matt Anderson said each child should have a home, noting, “We really believe one child without a permanent family is one too many.”

Anderson said that the current number marked a 25% increase from a five-year low in 2011, noting, “These are trends that are moving in the wrong direction, obviously.”

According to Anderson, a child who does not belong to a permanent family has increased chances of growing up homeless, jobless, and becoming a criminal. He stressed that “all children need a safe, permanent and loving family both now, as they’re growing up, and into adulthood. Children do best when they grow up in the context of a family. And right now, far too many children are to having that opportunity and when children age out of foster care, without a family, their opportunities and outcomes are not very good.”

We at Marshall & Taylor PLLC in Raleigh, can help you navigate the process of bringing another person, preferably a child, as another member of your family. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (919) 833-1040 to discuss the intricacies of your case or to learn more about the other legal services that we offer.

Facebook held responsible in 20 percent of divorces

The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers recently reported that 20 percent of marriages in the United States are broken by activity on the social networking website, Facebook.  In addition, 80 percent of lawyers say that they have seen an increase in the use of Facebook as evidence in divorce and family law courts.  And, 66 percent of lawyers say that they use Facebook more than any other website as evidence.

Criminal psychologist Steven Kimmons stated, "We're coming across it more and more.  One spouse connects online with someone they knew from high school.  The person is emotionally available and they start communicating through Facebook.  Within a short amount of time, the sharing of personal stories can lead to a deepend sense of intimacy, which in turn can point the couple in the direction of physical contact."

In North Carolina, if your spouse or former spouse has been involved in an extramarital affair that ended your marriage, you have the option of suing them or the third-party with criminal conversation.  Contact the Raleigh criminal conversation attorneys of Marshall & Taylor P.C. at 919-833-1040 to learn more about this process.

Alcohol dependence delays and breaks marriages

Researchers from Indiana University recently published a study in the journal "Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research" that found alcohol dependence delays marriage and causes divorces.  The American Psychological Association defines alcohol dependence as the loss of control over alcohol consumption.  Alcohol dependence and alcoholism also means that a person develops a greater alcohol tolerance and suffers from withdrawals if drinking is stopped.

The study had 5,000 participants between the ages of 28 and 92-years old with a history of alcohol dependence.  For men and women, alcohol dependence meant the chances of separation or divorce were twice as likely.  Women were 23 percent less likely to be married if they had been dependent on alcohol at some point in their lives.  Men were 36 percent less likely after the age of 29.  

Study author Mary Waldron stated, "For young adults who are drinking, if their drinking continues to levels of problem use, it could impact their likelihood of marriage as well as likelihood of having a really lasting marriage".

To discuss divorce and marital misconduct with a compassionate family law attorney, contact the Raleigh marital misconduct lawyers of Marshall & Taylor P.C. at 919-833-1040 today. 

Camille Grammer asks for $50 million in divorce

"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Camille Grammer is asking for $50 million in her divorce settlement with former "Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer.  Sources reported that just before Christmas, Kelsey offered his ex-wife $30 million.  Camille refused the offer and asked for $50 million because his offer did not include spousal or child support.

Camille and Kelsey have two children together, 9-year old Mason and 6-year old Jude.  They were married in 1997 and filed for divorce in 2010.  Camille is a partner in the couple's TV production company and believes she should be legally entitled to half of his and the company's total assets.   

If you and your spouse have filed for divorce but are having difficulty settling spousal or child support payments, contact the Raleigh alimony attorneys of Marshall & Taylor P.C. at 919-833-1040 to learn more about determining alimony.

Court stops same-sex adoption in North Carolina

Last month, the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples could not adopt children in the state unless the child's biological parents had terminated or waived their natural parents rights.  The case came to trial after the state's first openly gay senator, Julia Boseman, and her former partner, Melissa Jarrell, battled over custody of Jarrell's biological son.  Jarrell gave birth to her son in 2002 and the senator adopted the child.  Later, the couple split and Jarrell went to court to have Boseman's guardianship of her son revoked.

The North Carolina Supreme Court made a 5-2 decision that the initial adoption was illegal under North Carolina state laws.  In North Carolina, law states that a birth mother must give up parental rights before a child can be adopted.  The court did allow Boseman to continue to share custody of the child.

Contact the Raleigh adoption attorneys of Marshall & Taylor P.C. at 919-833-1040 if you or someone you know has questions about adoption in the state of North Carolina. 

January is National Stalking Awareness Month

This month is National Stalking Awarness Month.  The U.S. Department of Justice has named this year's National Stalking Awareness Month "Stalking: Know it. Name it. Stop it.".  Experts recognize that stalking often leads to domestic violence and vice versa, so it is important to recognize the signs of stalking and take steps to stop it.

An estimated 3 million Americans are the victims of stalking every year.  1 in every 12 women and 1 in every 45 men will be a victim of stalking at some point in their life.  Also, experts say that in the large majority of cases, victims know their stalker.

Stalking can be more difficult to prove than other crimes because it requires repeated actions, not just a single incident.  Domestic violence shelters across the country are handing out kits to police officers and the public to help identify and prove that stalking is occurring.  Kits include useful tools like cameras, time logs, evidence bags and gloves. 

If you or someone you know thinks they are being stalked and would like to discuss filing a restraining order with an experienced attorney, contact the Raleigh domestic violence lawyers of Marshall & Taylor P.C. at 919-833-1040 today. 

Jermaine Jackson owes nearly $100,000 in child support

Earlier this month, the Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department revoked Jermaine Jackson's driver's license after he failed to pay $91,921 in child support.  The department will not return Jackson's license until he makes the payments in full.

Jackson, 56, is the older brother of Janet Jackson and the late Michael Jackson and was a member of The Jackson 5.  According to court documents, Jackson currently has a monthly income of $1,448 and monthly child support payments of $3,000 to his two sons, Jaafar and Jermajesty.  Jackson is requesting to have his child support payments lowered.  He noted that his ex-wife, Alejandra Jackson, currently has a higher income than him.

If you have questions about a fathers' rights and child support, contact the Raleigh fathers' rights lawyers of Marshall & Taylor P.C. at 919-833-1040 to set up an appointment with one of our experienced family law attorneys today. 

Jessica Simpson considers prenup to protect property

As soon as singer Jessica Simpson announced her engagement to ex-NFL player Eric Johnson, sources started discussing whether or not Simpson would decide to sign a prenuptial agreement.  Simpson, who was previously married to singer Nick Lachey, is estimated to be worth between $75 and $100 million.

Sources now confirm that the singer intends to sign a prenuptial agreement to protect her property in the case of a divorce.  Signing an agreement can help protect how your possessions are divided in case you and your spouse decide to divorce.  

If you have questions about the difference between marital and separate property, contact the Raleigh marital and separate property attorneys of Marshall & Taylor P.C. at 919-833-1040 today to learn more.

Man challenges child custody ruling on basis of religious bias

Recently, an Indiana man announced that he will challenge a court's child custody ruling giving his ex-wife sole custody of his three children believing that the court used religious bias in its decision.  29-year old Craig Scarberry and his ex-wife, Christine Porcaro, both previously practiced Christianity, but Scarberry now identifies himself as agnostic.

Scarberry feels that the court let his religious beliefs sway their decision based on two unnecessary references to his religion in the ruling.  The ruling makes a note that Scarberry and his ex-wife did not share the same religious beliefs and that while the two both practiced Christianity "the parties were able to communicate relatively effectively".

"I lost my children due to courtroom games and religious bias," said Scarberry of the decision.  The court's commissioner stands behind his decision and told reporters that child custody decisions in Indiana are made based on the parents' ability to agree on issues such as religion, parenting philosophy, health care and education.

If you are fighting for custody of your children and have questions about how child custody is determined, contact the child custody lawyers of Marshall & Taylor P.C. today at 919-833-1040. 

Eva Longoria and Tony Parker both file for divorce

Just two days after actress Eva Longoria filed divorce papers in Los Angeles, NBA star Tony Parker also filed divorce papers.  Although it is not required for both parties to file papers, sources say Parker filed papers in Texas to better protect himself through Texas' divorce laws.

Eva Longoria, 35-year old star of "Desperate Housewives", filed for divorce after discovering that her husband, the 28-year old San Antonio Spurs guard, had been text messaging another woman for several months.  The divorce filings cited irreconcilable differences and conflict of personalities as the reasons for filing.  

The two met and began dating in 2004 and were married in France in July of 2007.   

To set up an appointment to discuss the divorce process with an experienced divorce lawyer, contact the Raleigh divorce attorneys of Marshall & Taylor P.C. at 919-833-1040.