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What’s New in the Brangelina Divorce and Child Custody Dispute?

Forty-one-year-old actress Angelina Jolie and 52-year-old actor and producer Brad Pitt are divorcing. Here is a rundown of some of the events that happened leading up to this difficult time.

Entertainment Tonight confirmed that Jolie and Pitt are most likely not communicating directly during the divorce process. Any agreements or deals that the ex-couple may have undergone were brokered through their attorneys.

Also, reports that Jolie’s brother, 43-year-old actor and producer James Haven, is the main caretaker of the children these days may be inaccurate. It is true that Jolie’s friends and family members are pitching in and doing their part to take care of the children. They are visiting and accompanying them for short periods of time, but the report that Haven is taking care of them 24/7 seems untrue. It has yet to be confirmed if Pitt has already visited his children since Jolie and Pitt both agreed to a temporary custody deal until Thursday, October 20, until which time the children were required to remain with Jolie.

Our attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC, who provide legal services to clients in Raleigh and other areas of North Carolina, handle family legal cases such as adoption, divorce, legal separation, and child custody. Call our offices today at (919) 833-1040 to set up an initial meeting with one of our qualified legal representatives.

Child custody agreements and violations of them

Sometimes, remaining on decent terms with your ex-spouse can prove to be a challenge, especially if your ex-spouse is bent on making things difficult for you. However, if the two of you are co-parenting children, you have to set aside your differences and work together for the sake of your children.

Extended contact with both parents is encouraged by North Carolina family law. What the law and courts do not encourage is taking the children away from the other parent without prior permission. A court will never side with the parent who violates the terms of the child custody agreement specified in the court agreement. Even if the parent has noble reasons for doing so, in the eyes of the law he or she will always be wrong. In addition to that, if the ex-couple agrees to an amendment of the terms of the child custody agreement, this amendment should be formalized in written form before being acted on. Otherwise, the resulting action will always be a violation.

Some of the North Carolina domestic cases that we at Marshall & Taylor PLLC most frequently handle involve divorce, child custody, and child support, among others. Get in touch with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (919) 833-1040.

North Carolina Court of Appeals affirms ruling to terminate mother’s parental rights

North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge Valerie Zachary released an opinion on Tuesday, September 20 affirming that a mother from Guilford County should have her parental rights terminated. The mother says her parental rights should not be terminated because the Department of Health and Human Services will have difficulty finding someone to adopt her son. Zachary’s decision was made in conjunction with two other members of a three-judge panel, Judges Wanda Bryant and John Tyson.

Guilford County District Court Judge Michelle Fletcher terminated the parental rights of the mother on Nov. 25, 2015 because the parent had yet to bond with the special needs child. Fletcher recognizes that an adoptive parent could take better care of the child.

If you need legal help with a divorce, an adoption application, or a child custody battle in Raleigh or another area of North Carolina, turn to the competent family law attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC. By calling (919) 833-1040 today, we can help you handle your family law issues and discuss your case.

Raleigh police say mom neglected four children

29-year-old Sarai Flores-Lechuga was charged with misdemeanor child abuse after she failed to pick up her kindergartner from the Durant Road Elementary School bus stop after school let out at around 3 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23.

When police began looking into the matter, they realized she also left her other three children without supervision at a house in the 3200 block of Calumet Drive. The children were aged one to eight, and were left alone at the same time the kindergartner was not picked up from school. Police officers were called to the site of the bus stop after the school bus driver informed them of the situation. They were able to confirm that Flores-Lechuga had custody of her children, but they could not get in contact with her on Tuesday. Flores-Lechuga was arrested on Wednesday, August 24 and was able to post bail during the same day.

The partners at Marshall & Taylor PLLC have practiced family law and handled other family law related matters for over 15 years now. If you are undergoing a family law related matter in Raleigh, do not hesitate to get in touch with our attorneys by calling our offices today at (919) 833-1040. Discuss your case with us as soon as you can.

North Carolina justices order public reprimand of Durham Judge

Durham County district court Judge James Hill was given a public reprimand on Friday, November 6 by the North Carolina Supreme Court for inappropriate conduct during a child custody hearing in a divorce case on Aug. 7, 2014.

The justices confirmed the findings of the Judicial Standards Commission that Hill violated the judicial conduct code by expressing inappropriate comments, misusing his contempt powers, and “exhibiting a failure to remain patient, dignified, and courteous, to the parties appearing before him” during the court proceedings last year.

According to the commission, Hill told RiShawna and Collin Morrison, the parents in the child custody hearing, that they were “acting like idiots” and threatened to throw them in jail for contempt of court without giving them the chance to appeal.

At Marshall & Taylor PLLC, we understand the need for compassionate and knowledgeable legal representatives when going through a family law process such as divorce or child custody. Our attorneys want you to know that we can offer you excellent advise in order to help you deal with your legal battle. Call our Raleigh offices today at (919) 833-1040 to learn more about our services.

Judge grants Chris Brown joint custody of daughter

Singer Chris Brown and ex Nia Guzman will share custody of their 1-year-old daughter, according to a Houston judge’s recent ruling, Times Live reported on Monday, September 14.

Royalty’s mother had claimed before that her daughter may not be suited to Brown’s lifestyle and parenting methods. Brown, on the other hand, has persistently fought for the custody of his daughter and has said that he is a good father. The judge also dismissed the $15,000 in child support demanded by Guzman. However, she will continue to receive her monthly payment of $2,500 from Brown. Though an incident in July took place in Chris Brown’s home in Los Angeles, his legal counsels argued that Brown is not putting his daughter at risk.

Fighting for the custody of your children is difficult, mostly if you are unfamiliar with your rights as a parent. However, if you want to secure and protect your children in Raleigh, the lawyers of Marshall & Taylor PLLC may represent you. Learn more about your options today by calling (919) 833-1040.

Father of child fights for custody after mother is charged in NC

A man is fighting for child custody after a video showed his ex-wife under the influence of heroin, according to WVNS TV on July 8.

Ashley Laner was charged with child neglect for the abandonment and improper treatment of their son. The video in reference showed Laner staggering near her car after police investigators and neighbors reported that she passed out inside her car from taking heroin.

The father of the child, Nathan Lewis, and his family drove 400 miles to Fayetteville, North Carolina to seek legal custody of Lewis’ 16-month-old son.

The Raleigh legal team at Marshall & Taylor PLLC knows all too well how critical child custody arrangements are, as they affect the lives of you and your child for years to come. Our child custody attorneys are dedicated to arranging child custody agreements that work in the best interest of the child. Call us at (919) 833-1040 today to learn more.

Google’s Sergey Brin and 23andMe’s Anne Wojcicki divorce

Google co-founder Sergey Brin amicably ended his eight years of marriage with 23andMe executive Anne Wojcicki, an SF GATE article stated on June 23.

According to reports, Brin and Wojcicki, both 41-years-old, officially ended their marriage in May at a Santa Clara County court. The former couple, who have two children together, got married in 2007. Reports stated that in 2013, the two lived separately, during which time Brin had a relationship with another employee at Google. The estranged couple both care for their children and reports indicate that they plan to continue raising them together. The two had a prenuptial agreement and agreed on an undisclosed divorce settlement.

The Raleigh legal team at Marshall & Taylor PLLC represents people who have decided to file for divorce. In this tough situation, we may work to uphold your rights and secure your interests throughout every aspect of the legal process. Discuss your situation with us today by calling 919-833-1040.

Child custody in North Carolina

If a married couple with children is planning to divorce, there are several child custody arrangements a court may decide on as best for the children.

In a contested divorce, when the separating couple are in disagreement regarding who the children will go to, the same judge that handed the couple’s divorce will get to decide on the matter of custody.

The judge can award either sole custody, meaning only one parent gets to be the custodial caretaker of the children and will be responsible for decision-making regarding the children’s education, health, among other things; or the judge can award joint custody, meaning both parents get to share custody of the children and decision-making for them.

Our attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC in Raleigh handle family legal matters such as divorce, child custody, legal separation, property division, and even domestic violence in the North Carolina area. Learn more about our legal services by calling our offices today at 919-833-1040.

Rutherford’s children to return from Monaco in custody dispute

Actress Kelly Rutherford was recently given temporary custody of her children in a Los Angeles court, a May 25 CNN article stated.

Reports revealed that Superior Court Judge Mark Juhas granted “temporary sole custody” to Rutherford of her children Helena and Hermes. Rutherford’s two kids are both living with their father Daniel Giersch in Monaco. An attorney representing Rutherford, who confirmed the recent court ruling, stated that they are hoping Giersch will cooperate in transferring the custody of the two kids to Kelly. Rutherford and Giersch got divorced in 2010 after being married in 2006. A court hearing is scheduled in relation to the ongoing case on June 15.

The Raleigh lawyers of Marshall & Taylor PLLC work for people who are fighting for the custody of their children. Our experienced lawyers may possibly help uphold your rights and promote your interests throughout the whole process. Find out how we may represent you today by calling 919-833-1040.