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Alimony, child custody, equitable distribution, oh my!

Legal Eagles: A Checklist If Your Marriage Isn’t Going to Last

Since the United States Supreme Court decision Obergefell vs Hodges in 2015, all individuals in the United States have a right to marry whomever they want. All individuals also have a right to separate and divorce from their spouse.

‘Status quo is not working.’ Can Charlotte Find Solutions for Affordable Housing Crisis?

The new Charlotte Journalism Collaborative will be covering this critical issue with a solutions journalism approach. Keep an eye out for these stories over the next few months.

Like most major American cities, Charlotte is suffering from a severe shortage of affordable housing. More than a third of households in Charlotte are “cost-burdened,” which means they spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing, according to a city report.

Same-Sex Divorce in North Carolina

Legal Eagles: What You Need to Know

Before relevant case law surfaced declaring bans on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional, same-sex divorce was not a topic that was widely addressed — there was not legal marriage to dissolve.

LGBTQ homeownership below national average

Majority of NAGLREP Members Believe Current White House Policies are Having Negative Impact on LGBTQs Confidence to Buy or Sell Homes

The third annual “LGBT Real Estate Report” … found that housing discrimination — and the fear of it — continues to have a profound impact on LGBTQ homeownership levels that are currently at 49 percent, far below the national average of 65 percent.

Anti-violence laws don’t protect gay couples

Around North Carolina: Non-co-habitating couples can’t request legal protection for battering

Despite the Supreme Court ruling, the state was left with an obscure law unlike any other in the the nation that prevents those in same-sex relationships and not sharing a residence from accessing protective orders for domestic violence.

Domestic violence in the workplace

Legal Eagles: Creating safeguards for protection

Employers are often quick to discourage office romances. One reason could be an attempt to avoid the precarious position of the employer and employees if the couple brings their relationship woes to the office or if the relationship does not last.

Foster care, adoption and the LGBTQ family

Becoming well-versed on laws and issues an imperative

For LGBTQ people considering fostering or adoption, therefore, it’s vital not only to become well-versed in the relevant laws already on the books, but to follow closely any developments that may affect their ability to expand their families.