Few family law matters are as contentious as child custody or as distressing as child abuse. Custody battles between biological parents can become intense as parties sometimes passionately disagree about what’s best for their child. These disputes increase in complexity when third parties seek custody due to parental neglect or abuse. Continue reading →
All parents of minor children are responsible for financially supporting their children. Parents whose rights have been terminated and parents who are under 18 years old are exceptions to this rule in North Carolina.1 While support may be required by one parent in most custody arrangements, the law does acknowledge that adjustments may be necessary as circumstances change. Continue reading →
Approximately two months ago, Kevin Costner’s soon-to-be-ex-wife, Christine Baumgartner, filed for divorce. It appears the fight between the two is just getting started. Costner has received numerous accolades throughout his acting and producing career and is most recently known for his role as John Dutton on Yellowstone. Baumgartner is a handbag designer. The couple have three children together aged 12, 14, and 15. Continue reading →
Stable and supportive environments are crucial to a child’s health and well-being. Having healthy relationships with their primary caregivers is also vital, as these relationships impact every part of their development.1 Grandparents often have established relationships with their grandchildren and volunteer to help with the many demands of raising a child. However, what happens when a parent cannot provide a child with an appropriate environment or relationship to develop and thrive? Third parties, like grandparents, may be able to step in to take over the biological parents’ role in supporting these children. Continue reading →
North Carolina does not require that unmarried or divorcing parents get a custody order. When a mother or father has the designation of a legal parent, they both have the same rights when there is no order in place. Legal parent classification can be obtained in a number of ways, including by any of the following:
- The child’s birth certificate
- Child support order
- Adoption order
- Affidavit of Parentage
As technology advances, so do the challenges surrounding digital privacy and security. In family law cases, the use of smartphones has become central to gathering evidence and establishing facts. However, the emergence of spyware, trackers, and new devices like AirTags has raised concerns about the potential invasion of privacy. This article aims to shed light on the most common spyware, trackers, and AirTags found on smartphones, emphasizing their implications in family law cases. Continue reading →
In today’s digital age, smartphones have become an integral part of our lives. They store a wealth of information that can be vital in legal proceedings such as family law cases. By harnessing the power of forensic analysis, hidden data on smartphones can be uncovered, shedding light on crucial evidence that can significantly impact the outcome of a case.
Smartphones have evolved into mobile, personal vaults, harboring an array of information like call logs, text messages, emails, social media activity, browsing history, and even location data. When it comes to family law cases, this digital footprint can be an invaluable asset, revealing critical evidence related to child custody, communication patterns, financial transactions, or illicit behavior. Continue reading →
Property ownership is a crucial aspect of real estate transactions, legal matters, and research projects. When it comes to finding deeds and other property-related information in Guilford County, the GIS website (https://gisdv.guilfordcountync.gov/guilford/) is a valuable resource. This blog will guide you through the process of effectively utilizing the website to find the deeds you need. Continue reading →
The digital age has greatly increased the amount of information we generate and store. Metadata is a set of data that describes and gives information about other data. Metadata holds immense potential in various fields, including family law. Leveraging metadata in family law cases can provide crucial insights and evidence that may influence the outcome of legal proceedings.
Metadata refers to the underlying information about a file or document, such as the date and time it was created, modified, or accessed, as well as details regarding its author or location. In the context of family law cases, metadata can include the participants in electronic communications, times, dates, lengths, social media posts, GPS location data, and other digital footprints left behind by individuals involved in the case. Continue reading →
Property division can be one of the most contentious parts of a divorce. Further complicating this process is the fact that courts must determine not just how marital property should be divided but even what qualifies as marital property. Equitable distribution is an option in North Carolina divorces, but the process for requesting it is not standardized throughout the state. Some courts and localities have specific rules regarding filing for equitable distribution, so consulting with a Greensboro divorce lawyer will ensure the district requirements are met. Continue reading →