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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.

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.

Klum and Seal separate

Singer Seal and his supermodel wife, Heidi Klum, have announced their separation.

Much to the surprise of their friends and to the public, Heidi Klum and Seal have separated after seven years of marriage.  Seal visited the “Ellen DeGeneres” and “Tavis Smiley” shows over the past few days to promote his new album, Soul 2, and made statements about the couple’s split.  Seal said, “She is still, in my opinion, the most wonderful woman in the world…I think our priority was to remain civil and do this thing with dignity. We still very much love each other.”

It is clear that this will not be an ugly Hollywood divorce.  The couple has four children, and though Seal has made statements about the situation, there is not a clear reason for the split.

If you are considering divorce, contact Raleigh divorce attorneys of Marshall & Taylor PLLC by calling  919-833-1040.

Duke vs. Virginia swimming and diving meet this Friday

Raleigh divorce attorneys of Marshall & Taylor PLLC are excited to announce Duke University’s first Atlantic Coast Conference swim meet against Virginia this Friday.

At 5pm at the Taishoff Aquatic Pavilion, Duke’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will host Virginia.  Last weekend, Duke competed against Queens and South Carolina.  Three of four relay events were won by the Blue Devils.

Jessica Lyden of the Duke diving team placed second in the 1-meter and 3-meter events. Head coach Dan Colella said, “We’re excited about being home for the first time this season and swimming the Cavaliers.”

There aren’t tickets for the meet and the public is welcome to attend.  For more information, visit www.goduke.com

Christmas events in Raleigh this weekend

Raleigh divorce lawyers of Marshall & Taylor PLLC is thrilled to announce a variety of holiday events happening in Raleigh this Christmas weekend…

On Thursday evening at 7:30pm, the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra will perform “Twas the Night Before Christmas” at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts.  Come listen to your favorite holiday tunes and hear the Capital City Girls Choir, along with North Carolina singers Brandi Q. Hancock and Jason McKinney perform.  For tickets and information, visit the NC Symphony website.

The Raleigh Winterfest is open throughout the weekend, including Christmas Day.  From 11am-5pm Saturday and 4-9pm Sunday, families can enjoy the ice skating rink.

For more holiday events, visit the WRAL website.

Country music singer Rodney Atkins files for divorce after accusations of domestic violence

Country music singer and musician, Rodney Atkins, filed for divorces from his wife, Tammy Jo Atkins, after allegations of domestic violence were made last month by Tammy Jo.

Court records have revealed that Tammy Jo made a 911 emergency call on Nov 21 claiming that Atkins was drunk and attempted to smother her with a pillow.  It also states that Atkins grabbed her face and threw her down the hallway while their 10 year old son, Elijah, was watching.

Atkins is finishing his tour schedule in Lowell, MA on Thursday, Buffalo, NY, on Friday, and Lewiston, ME on Saturday.

If you have been a victim of domestic violence, contact Raleigh domestic violence attorneys of Marshall & Taylor Law Firm, P.C., by calling 919-833-1040.

Charlotte woman files restraining order against husband for domestic violence

A Charlotte woman placed a domestic violence protective order against her 40-year-old husband after accusing him of threatening to kill her, hit her, and rape her in an elementary school on Monday.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 40 to 45 percent of abusive relationships include sexual assault or forced sex. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have said that the suspect tied up the woman and raped her, and this was not the first domestic disturbance that was reported by this couple.

If you or a loved one are a victim of domestic violence, experienced legal representation can help. Contact Raleigh domestic violence attorneys of Marshall & Taylor PLLC by calling 919-833-1040 to discuss your legal options.

InterAct holds vigil for victims of domestic violence

On Tuesday evening last week, InterAct held a candlelit vigil for victims of domestic violence.  InterAct is an organization that encourages women to speak out and ask for help if they are a victim of domestic violence.

Olalah Njenga was one of the speakers at the vigil.  “At the time, I was eight months pregnant, and I was married to a violent alcoholic,” Njenga stated.

InterAct has recently lost three women from domestic violence, and in North Carolina alone, 59 people have died this year from domestic violence.

If you or a loved one is a victim of domestic violence, it can helpful for you to have representation on your side to help you through this difficult and trying time.  Call Raleigh domestic violence attorneys of Marshall & Taylor PLLC at 919-833-1040 today.

Domestic violence study shows why victims recant

A study looking at why victims of domestic violence recant says that the most common reason that victims drop charges against abusers is that the abuser appealed to the victim’s sympathy.  Most often, abusers said they were depressed or missed the victim and their children.

The study analyzed recorded conversations between 17 pairs of male abusers and female victims at a detention facility in Washington state.  All of the female victims later dropped charges against their abuser.

According to the lead author of the study, “The existing belief is that victims recant because the perpetrator threatens her with more violence.  But our results suggest something very different.  Perpetrators are not threatening the victim, but are using more sophisticated emotional appeals designed to minimize their actions and gain the sympathy of the victim.”

If you or someone you know has been the victim of domestic violence, contact the Raleigh domestic violence lawyers of Marshall & Taylor PLLC at 919-833-1040 to learn more about how we can help you escape an abusive situation.