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Common Law Marriage and Divorce

There are a handful of states that recognize the concept of common law marriage. Common law marriages are valid marriages without the performance of a ceremony or registration with the state. Generally, in order to validate a common law marriage in those states, the couple ...

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    • Alimony Is Decided By Many Factors

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    • What Are Criminal Summons and Private Warrants?

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    • What Is The Marital Gift Exemption And How Does It Work?

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    • Jetton & Meredith Managing Partner Eric Meredith Recognized as 2019 Attorney & Practice Magazine's Top 10 Family Law Attorney, North Carolina

      Jetton & Meredith, PLLC is pleased to announce that co-founder and family law managing partner, Eric S. Meredith has been named Top 10 Family Law ...

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    • Mark S. Jetton, Jr. Received Attorney and Practice Magazine, North Carolina’s 2018 “Top 10 Personal Injury Law Attorneys” Award

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    • Mark S. Jetton, Jr. Named As 2017 AIDUIA “10 Best DUI/DWI Attorneys For Client Satisfaction in NC”

      The American Institute of DUI/DWI Law Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of North Carolina’s Criminal Defense Law Firm, Jetton & ...

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    • North Carolina Car Accident Liability Laws

      If you have suffered an injury after being involved in a car accident , you must explore your options for holding the negligent driver liable for your ...

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    • I Have Been In A Motor Vehicle Accident, What Do I Do Now?

      I have been in a motor vehicle accident, what do I do now? Most people have never been in an accident and are unaware of their options following a ...

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    • Mark Interviewed As Greg Hardy's Charges Are Dropped*

      Mr. Jetton was asked by WCCB news to comment on the domestic violence charges being dropped against NFL Player Greg Hardy. Mr. Jetton explains how the ...

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    • Modification of Child Custody

      A common misconception in North Carolina is that upon receiving a Permanent Child Custody Order, it will last until your child is eighteen years old. ...

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    • Relocation and your Child

      During the course of a child’s minority, it is not uncommon for one parent to be faced with an opportunity, or need, to relocate from North Carolina. ...

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    • Fathers' Rights In Child Custody Matters

      Some divorced North Carolina fathers may find themselves struggling to maintain ongoing relationships with their children. They often face issues when ...

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    • Agreeing On What Child Support Will Cover

      When North Carolina parents divorce, if their children are younger than 18, one parent might end up paying child support to the other. Usually, the ...

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    • Co-Parenting After Divorce

      Many North Carolina parents find it difficult to successfully co-parent their children following a divorce. In many cases, one parent may harbor ...

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    • Paying For A Child's Sport Activity As A Divorced Couple

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    • Hemp or Weed… and Why You Should Care

      Some of the more common charges in North Carolina are misdemeanor possession of Marijuana or a schedule VI controlled substance. In fact, marijuana ...

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    • Assault on a Female in North Carolina

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    • Vehicle Registration & License Plate Violations

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    • Collaborative Law Proceedings

      The divorce process can take an emotional toll on all parties involved. The thought of having to discuss one’s private grievances in open court can be ...

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    • The Benefits of Divorce Mediation

      Before going to court to finalize a North Carolina divorce , couples have an opportunity to work out their differences through divorce mediation. A ...

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    • Assault on a Female in North Carolina

      In North Carolina, assault charges are usually broken down into two groups; felony and misdemeanor assaults. One of the most serious misdemeanor ...

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    • What Makes a Crime Domestic Violence?

      In North Carolina there are certain charges that are by their very nature, crimes of domestic violence. This is most commonly seen in the charge of ...

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    • North Carolina Assault by Strangulation

      In North Carolina there are many different types of assault charges, ranging from misdemeanor simple assault, all the way up to felony assault ...

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    • North Carolina Domestic Violence Protective Order Violation

      One of the most common domestic violence crimes is violation of a Domestic Violence Protective Order (“DVPO”), commonly referred to as a restraining ...

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    • 10 Things You Need to Know About Domestic Violence and the Law

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    • SIX Things You Need to Know About Drug Cases in North Carolina

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    • North Carolina Considers Law To Expand Schedule 1 Controlled Substances

      Legislators in North Carolina are considering a new law that would increase the penalties associated with certain drug crimes. The law specifically ...

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    • Prescription Drugs And DWI In North Carolina: What You Should Know

      In 2013, a North Carolina mayor was pulled over on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. According to ABC News Channel 12, the man said he had taken ...

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    • What You Need to Know About Boating While Impaired (BWI) Laws In North Carolina

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    • I Refused The Breathalyzer, Can I Still Be Convicted Of DWI?

      Since the police have no numerical reading of your breath can you still be convicted of DWI? We are often asked about the choices one must make when ...

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    • The 3 Big Consequences of Refusing a Breathalyzer Test in a DWI Investigation

      You have been recently arrested for DWI and refused the breathalyzer test. What are the consequences of refusing the breathalyzer test? What are your ...

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    • Active and Passive Appreciation on Separate Property

      When North Carolina couples decide to get divorced, they are also making the decision to separate their resources. North Carolina General Statute ...

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    • Is Inheritance Subject to Equitable Distribution?

      Equitable Distribution is the process by which the law in North Carolina instructs judges to distribute equitably upon divorce, all property, legally ...

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    • Active and Passive Appreciation on Marital Property

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    • North Carolina Expunctions

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    • How Innocent People Become Wrongfully Incriminated

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    • Jetton & Meredith: Angel Tree Program

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      I t was another great year as a record number of supporters for the 4th annual Legal Eagle Charity Golf Tournament came together to enjoy the weather ...

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    • Attorney Mark Jetton Featured in South Carolina Lawyers Weekly, "Top Legal News" Issue for $4,000,000.00 Motorcycle Crash Settlement

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    • Attorney Mark S. Jetton, Jr. Named Member of the National College for DUI Defense, Inc.

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    • Miranda Rights Misconceptions

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    • What Is The Max Time I’m Facing With Multiple Misdemeanors In NC?

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    • Social Media Can Be Bad For A Divorce

      North Carolina residents who are going through a divorce may want to limit their use of social media. The overuse of social media can have a negative ...

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      Individuals approaching or going through divorce in North Carolina may be able to avoid some common pitfalls by checking specific items off a list ...

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      If you have suffered an injury after being involved in a car accident , you must explore your options for holding the negligent driver liable for your ...

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    • Attorney Mark S. Jetton, Jr. Named to Attorney & Practice Magazine's 2019 Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney, North Carolina

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      I have been in a motor vehicle accident, what do I do now? Most people have never been in an accident and are unaware of their options following a ...

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      The laws of North Carolina provide for two (2) types of support a spouse can seek from the other spouse: post-separation support and alimony. ...

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    • Getting Divorced Over Age 50

      North Carolina couples may not know that while overall divorce rates have been falling for years, a new study demonstrates that the rates for seniors ...

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    • Financial Considerations For People Going Through A Divorce

      North Carolina couples who are going through a divorce have a lot of issues to work out financially. During property division negotiations, financial ...

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    • Criminal Defense Law

      Mark Jetton is a Charlotte criminal defense lawyer who will take the time to make sure you understand all of your rights and keep you informed ...

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    • Lesbian Couple Claims Birth Certificate Discrimination

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    • Same-Sex Couple Wins Birth Certificate Legal Dispute

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