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Family Court, Child Custody / Support, Lawyers, Social Services And Violence « NC Fathers Rights

Legislators believe that the 90% of divorcing couples reaching child custody agreements outside court are happy with their agreements and that non-custodial parenthood isn’t so bad. What they are not telling you is that these parents are agreeing to out of court settlements they are not comfortable with or happy with because they know they are only going to go to court and spend $20,000 to get exactly what they would get in signing an agreement. The average family court battle costs each parent roughly $20,000 per parent, and that parents fight two custody battles over the life of a minor child. Child custody battles are extremely devastating to children, and despite empirical data proving it, parents and judges continue to fight lengthy and expensive custody battles in an effort to punish another parent. For every non-custodial parent paying $800 a month in child support, a federal match of $800 is payed to social services. 

All U.S. states have become dependent on Title IV-D money to maintain social services and support the excessive numbers of children being birthed where parents are not married and who require complete state and federal assistance after birth. Domestic Violence lobbyist also fail to recognize that custodial parents abuse and kill their children and having a bar that non-custodial parents must hurdle to get equal parenting, this is not the case for custodial parents who commit domestic violence. Preponderance of the evidence has led to massive false allegations that are routinely thrown at at any child custody battle as a tactical maneuver to prevent the other parent from getting custody or visitation and there is no legal accountability when false allegations are proven in court. Parental alienation is the act of one malicious parent, or two malicious parents purposefully attempting to turn a child against another parent and family. 

Courts rarely admonish custodial parents for parental alienation via court costs, jail, or change in custody for the best interest of a child. We jail parents who can not make child support payments because of illness or injury, loss of employment, death of a family member, not knowing there was even a child to support but we allow custodial parents seven major federal and state assistance programs to make financial ends meet. When you consider non-custodial parents, grandparents, step-parents, aunts and uncles, and other family members, you have an incredible amount of people who if they came together, could force family court and family law reform for better child custody and child support laws. The lawyers love this system because it means a steady stream of litigants paying retainer fees, child support enforcement loves it because there is a non-custodial parent to fleece and get federal Title IV-D bonuses, and the States love it because they get federal Title IV-D money. 

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Josh Stein, NC attorney general, sues Purdue Pharma on opioids

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has filed another lawsuit against a pharmaceutical giant, this time going after Purdue Pharma, the Connecticut-based company that developed the prescription painkiller OxyContin. The 47-page complaint against Purdue was filed in Wake County Superior Court on Tuesday in conjunction with five other states accusing the drug company of fueling a national opioid epidemic through deceptive marketing of the prescription painkillers. State attorneys general in Nevada, Texas, Florida, North Dakota and Tennessee also turned to their state courts to litigate their complaints that Purdue Pharma violated state consumer protection laws to deceptively market its prescription painkillers to generate billions of dollars in sales. The lawsuits are part of an intensifying effort by state attorneys general to engage pharmaceutical companies in the nationwide battles to reverse the path of destruction that opioid addiction has left in its wake. The effort is also offering opportunities for victims and survivors – such as grieving family members, hopeful survivors and treatment providers – to share stories that show the human impact of the flood of opioids, prescribed and illicit, in a state struggling to combat a crisis. 

In 1999, 109 people in North Carolina died from accidental opioid overdoses, according to the lawsuit filed against Purdue in Wake County Superior Court. Portray aspirin and ibuprofen as riskier than opioids for chronic pain without supporting such claims with valid science. Purdue, which ended the promotion of opioids in February after other lawsuits, denied the allegations. Since North Carolina elected Stein in 2016, he has made combating the opioid crisis a priority of his administration. Late last year, Stein sued Insys Therapeutics, an Arizona-based pharmaceutical company that he accused of illegally pushing a fentanyl-based cancer pain medication at headache clinics in North Carolina to fatten company coffers. 

On Monday, Stein held a roundtable discussion in Raleigh with parents and others who lost children or family members to opioid overdoses. At his news conference on Tuesday, Stein welcomed two people among those trying to help the addicted get healthy. 

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Advanced Custody and Support Issues

Take your practice to the next level and smoothly traverse some of the stickiest child-related issues in family law – register today! MEREDITH L. CROSS is an attorney in the law firm of Gailor Hunt Jenkins Davis & Taylor PPLC. Ms. Cross handles domestic issues such as custody, child support, alimony and equitable distribution. 

She focuses her practice primarily on divorce and custody litigation, as well as family law appeals. She earned her B.S. degree from University of Oregon and her J.D. degree, with highest honors, from Golden Gate University School of Law. RICHARD GANTT is an attorney with the Rosen Law Firm, where he has extensive experience in family law. 

He earned his B.A. degree from Wake Forest University, his M.B.A. degree from Regent University, and his J.D. degree from Tulane Law School. Ms. 

Jones has extensive experience in family law, bankruptcy, healthcare policy and litigation. Ms. Jones’ practice includes an emphasis in behavioral health law management, Medicaid/Medicare litigation, insurance payor regulation, medical licensing/credentialing and healthcare strategic planning. Ms. Jones is a superior court arbitrator and health law arbitrator. 

She earned her B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina – North Carolina Central University School of Law, and her LL.M. degree from Loyola School of Law-Chicago Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy. She earned her J.D. 

degree, cum laude, from Campbell University School of Law. Ms. Thompson was also a member of the Law Review and clerked with the Mast Law Firm in Smithfield. 

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