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Britny’s Law Enhances Punishment for Domestic Violence in North Carolina

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“Britny’s Law” went into effect on December 1, 2017, enhancing the penalties for domestic violence in North Carolina, according to an article by WRAL. Three years ago, Britny Puryear was stuck in a vicious relationship. At that time, Britny lived with her boyfriend in Fuqua-Varina, North Carolina. Over the course of four years, their… Read More »


Examining Marriage and Divorce Statistics in North Carolina

By Randall & Stump, PLLC |

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) publishes a report each year detailing the number of marriages and divorces. The topic for exploration today is an analysis of DHHS data on the number of North Carolina marriages and divorces over the past five years. It is crucial to note that 2017… Read More »


Rylan’s Law Improves Child Custody Oversight in North Carolina

By Randall & Stump, PLLC |

A new North Carolina measure called Rylan’s Law will increase oversight in child custody cases, according to an article by The News & Observer. Rylan’s Law came into existence to address existing inefficiencies in the state child custody system. Specifically, lawmakers point to the notorious story of a young boy named Rylan. This boy… Read More »


Exploring North Carolina’s Unified Family Court System

By Randall & Stump, PLLC |

Back in 1996, North Carolina engaged in a redesign of the in-state legal system. At the conclusion of this process, the Commission for the Future of Justice and the Courts in North Carolina issued a report, titled “Without Favor, Denial or Delay,” outlining a number of recommendations to overhaul the state legal system. Among… Read More »


Key Considerations for Child Custody in North Carolina

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Today we will review a handful of key considerations for child custody situations that arise in North Carolina. Child custody is often the most challenging part of a divorce, with both parents fighting for custody of their children. In order to maintain focus on the children, North Carolina’s statutory approach places a premium value… Read More »


Candlelight Vigil for North Carolina’s Domestic Violence Victims

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A crowd gathered in Graham, North Carolina, on to remember 77 victims who died as a result of domestic violence in the state in the past year, according to an article by The Times-News. A joint effort organized by the Family Justice Center and Family Abuse Services, attendees assembled in front of the Alamance… Read More »


Can North Carolina Magistrates Refuse to Perform Same Sex Marriage?

By Randall & Stump, PLLC |

After a federal appeals court ruling, a North Carolina law that enables magistrates to refrain from performing same sex marriages will continue in full force, according to an article by The Charlotte Observer. Introduced as Senate Bill 2 by State Senator Phil Berger, the law in question allows magistrates and other officials to decline… Read More »


What is the Meaning of Equitable Distribution in North Carolina?

By Randall & Stump, PLLC |

Our topic for discussion today involves the North Carolina approach to equitable distribution. In simple terms, equitable distribution refers to process of the court dividing up marital property between the spouses during divorce proceedings. It is important to note that equitable distribution only occurs when the spouses cannot agree amongst themselves to a fair… Read More »


What is a Collaborative Divorce?

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Today we will explore the North Carolina approach to collaborative divorce. Established in 2003 via amendment to the North Carolina General Statutes, this legal process leverages alternative dispute resolution to help spouses complete the divorce process as quickly and efficiently as possible. How Does North Carolina Define Collaborative Divorce? In Chapter 50, Article 4… Read More »


Advocates March Against Domestic Violence in Charlotte

By Randall & Stump, PLLC |

Advocates against domestic violence organized a march in Charlotte on September 28th, according to an article by FOX 46 Charlotte. Featuring domestic violence victims, members of the community and law enforcement officials in their ranks, the advocates marched along North Tryon Street. They displayed a number of signs with messages such as “verbal abuse… Read More »

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