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Can your spouse pressure you into a prenuptial agreement?

You did not know that your significant other wanted to get a prenuptial agreement. It's not that you're against it. You just never thought about it before.

The two of you started planning your wedding. You knew it would cost about $20,000, and you started to make thousands in downpayments. You knew you couldn't get that money back. You also booked large portions of your honeymoon trip to Europe.

Brain development, peer pressure and teen crime

Juvenile crimes are so catastrophic because one action at a young age can follow a person for the rest of his or her life. That's why it's so important for teens and their parents to know all of their legal options whenever they are accused of criminal activity. It is nothing to take lightly.

Why do teens get in trouble and make mistakes that are hard for adults to understand? One reason is that brain development really isn't over during the teenage years. Experts believe it is still happening until a person hits his or her mid-20s. That's after most people have finished going to college.

How criminal charges can affect your college career

Criminal charges are a serious matter at any stage in life, but charges that come during your college years can be particularly harmful. Criminal charges and an eventual conviction can put a stop to your educational plans and thus lead to serious issues with your future work life.

While anyone may make a mistake and end up on the wrong side of the law, if you are a college student, it is especially important for you to keep a clean record so that you do not put your college education and future career at risk. Here are a few examples of how criminal charges can have a negative impact on your college career:

Know the warning signs of divorce

Not every marriage will be successful. This truly is an understatement these days. More and more people are either not getting married or they are finding themselves filing for divorce at various times in their marriage. Relationships are extremely difficult to maintain, especially in today's fast-paced, cutthroat world. That's why you need to know the warning signs of divorce so you can begin to prepare for what's to come.

One of the most glaring signs is that many of your interactions with each other are not positive ones. Do you yell, argue, disagree and make angry faces often? Do you glare at your spouse behind their back? This is a turning point for many couples that wind up getting divorced.

How driving under the influence charges affect your life

Everyone makes mistakes in life. Some of the more serious ones include being charged with driving under the influence (DUI). DUI is a serious crime that leads to thousands of accidents and deaths each year in North Carolina and across the country. Let's take a look at how a DUI charge can affect your life.

One of the first ways a DUI charge and subsequent conviction can affect your life is the revocation of your driver's license. A first-time conviction could leave you without driving privileges for up to two years, depending on the circumstances surrounding the DUI and the sentence issued by the judge.

Do I need an attorney to sell my property?

Thinking about listing your property on the market in Charlotte? The decision to move to a new home or sell your office is a big one. You shouldn't make this decision in the spur of the moment. It's something you need to research and prepare for so that you get fair value for the property and are not signing a sale agreement that has hidden language. So, do you need an attorney to sell your property?

Before you put a contract in place for the sale of your property, it's best to have an attorney review the listing agreement and then draft the terms of the sale. Your attorney will be able to suggest different clauses to include in the contract, such as right of first refusal.

Tips for telling my spouse I want a divorce

There might come a time when you can no longer continue with your marriage. It doesn't mean you are a bad person or that you have failed. It just means that it's time to move on to something different. Quite possibly one of the most difficult parts of getting a divorce is the initial conversation about it with your spouse. Here are some tips for telling your spouse you want a divorce.

This is an extremely important conversation that must be handled delicately. Make sure both of you have enough uninterrupted time before you broach the subject. If you have children, send them out with friends or to their grandparents. This is not the time for your kids to find out that you are getting a divorce.

Most common causes of accidents by teenage drivers

As a parent, you are probably both proud and nervous that your teenager finally has a driver's license. It is nice not to have to play chauffeur anymore but also worrisome to think of your kid behind the wheel, making important decisions that affect personal safety and the safety of others.

This feeling is grounded in reality, as your child is very susceptible to making mistakes that can lead to an accident, a traffic citation or even criminal charges. Know the risk factors so you can help your teen become a better driver.

Tips for choosing a juvenile defense attorney in North Carolina

If your child is facing criminal charges in North Carolina, you might not know what to do next. Do you get an attorney? Do you have the child plead guilty? Do you risk representing the child yourself in court? These are all questions that will likely go through your head. The bottom line is that you need a juvenile defense attorney and here are some tips for choosing one.

One of the first questions you need to ask a potential defense attorney is what experience he or she has in defending juveniles. This is very important and can weed out attorneys who have zero experience taking on and winning juvenile cases in Charlotte. Along the same lines, you need to find out if the attorney has experience with the specific charges facing your child.

How can a criminal defense attorney help me in North Carolina?

Are you facing a criminal charge in Charlotte? If so, you should never represent yourself in court. For starters, you don't know courtroom etiquette, proper filing deadlines and how to argue the law quite like an experienced criminal defense attorney does. So, how can a criminal defense attorney help you in North Carolina?

One of the most important ways a criminal defense attorney can help is that he or she will know the law you reportedly broke and how to defend against the charge. They will know the different interpretations of the law and the history of it, including if it has been recently updated.

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