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Who can claim children as dependents following a divorce?

There is no question that the end of a marriage is a significant life event. Even couples who have only been together a relatively short amount of time often have multiple decisions to make to extricate their lives from one another. Couples with children will have to continue to have a relationship, likely for the rest of their lives. One of the many important questions for couples in North Carolina who have sought a divorce involves claiming children as dependents when filing taxes.

The fight to claim a child as a dependent is an understandable one as doing so can have a significant impact on taxes. In addition to providing the ability to file as the head of the household, additional credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit can lower a person's tax bill. The IRS has a set of rules that helps determine who will receive the credits.

Murder charge against North Carolina teen in father's death

It is often difficult for police to determine exactly what happened when a crime occurs or is believed to have occurred. While certain circumstances may seem to paint a particular picture, there is often no way to fully prove what actually happened to the standard required by the court of a conviction of crimes. Despite this, a teenager in North Carolina is now charged with murder in the death of his father.

Police and rescue workers were reportedly called to a home in April 2018. A 16-year-old at the scene reportedly told responders that he found his father in a recliner. The latter was unconscious, and the teenager claimed that there was a dog leash wrapped around the man's neck; the dog was reportedly still attached to the leash.

Charges filed following fatal North Carolina car accident

Drivers in North Carolina and across the country know that they must remain alert in order to allow them time to respond to hazardous situations. Unfortunately, even the most vigilant drivers may not be able to respond to a vehicle that suddenly pulls into their path. In fact, a woman has recently lost her life in a car accident that resulted in charges against another driver.

The incident happened just after 7:30 a.m. on a day in early February. According to police reports, a 31-year-old woman was southbound on a North Carolina roadway. Unfortunately, a 33-year-old man is said to have pulled out of a driving into the woman's path.

Family claims medical malpractice led to woman's death

Patients in North Carolina and across the country who have little medical training often find themselves placing their faith in the decisions and recommendations of their doctors. Unfortunately, doctors are fallible, and a single mistake can have serious consequences for patients. In fact, a family in another state claims that medical malpractice ultimately led to their mother's death.

The allegations surround the removal of the woman's kidneys in May 2018. According to reports, doctors allegedly removed both of her kidneys, suspecting that she was suffering from cancer, despite test results that indicated no malignancy. It was ultimately determined after removal that there was cancer.

Is child support still possible after remarriage?

The first marriage doesn’t always work out for some people. However, that doesn’t mean it is impossible to find love again. You may end up finding your true soulmate after a couple years of separation from your first spouse. If you had a child during that first marriage, then that means you no longer have to worry about single parent issues.

However, there are still some parts that need to be taken care of. If your first spouse has been paying child support for the last couple of years, then they might take the opportunity to request a modification of the court order since having a new partner means you might not be as financially dependent. It is important to know what factors in the new marriage could result in potential changes to the child support order.

Wife's illness increases possibility of divorce

Many people in North Carolina include promises to love each other in sickness and health in their wedding vows. However, some research indicates that for some couples, that may not be the case. Specifically, when a woman experiences a serious illness, the couple experiences a higher chance of getting a divorce.

Several studies show that women who are diagnosed with cancer are at a higher risk of divorcing. However, a recent study focused on multiple illnesses, including stroke, lung disease and heart problems. The study involved 2,701 couples and led researchers to conclude that heart problems and stroke increase the risk of divorce even more than lung disease or cancer. The same increase was not seen when it was the man who experienced the serious illness.

Driver in fiery North Carolina crash charged with DWI

It is not uncommon for drivers to make a mistake. For example, a driver annoyed with a smaller moving vehicle could easily make a mistake when it comes to deciding whether to pass another vehicle. A misjudgment in itself is not evidence that a driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, a man in North Carolina is now accused of DWI after a head-on collision.

The incident happened on New Year's Eve. Police say that a 28-year-old man driving a sports utility vehicle drove left of center in an attempt to pass a slow moving vehicle. Unfortunately, his SUV allegedly collided head-on with an oncoming sedan.

Bus, car accident sends students to hospital in North Carolina

The dangers of driving while impaired are often well advertised to ensure that drivers are aware of the potential harm they can cause. Unfortunately, despite having this knowledge, some drivers may get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In fact, police in North Carolina believe that impairment was a factor in a recent car accident that sent multiple people to the hospital.

The incident happened on a day in December. According to reports, a 56-year-old woman was driving a vehicle near a North Carolina middle school. She allegedly allowed the vehicle to cross the center line, causing it to strike a school bus head-on. The bus overturned as a result.

Criminal defense: North Carolina man faces multiple charges

Misunderstandings happen every day in North Carolina. Unfortunately, when they escalate, it may be difficult for law enforcement officials to determine exactly what happened. Despite an ongoing investigation, a man is now likely planning his criminal defense after he was charged with multiple crimes.

The incident that led to the man's arrest happened on a day in late November. According to reports, a woman ran into a beauty supply shop, claiming that a man was following her. Soon after, a man also entered the store. Surveillance footage allegedly shows the man barely miss striking the woman with his vehicle after they left the store.

How to avoid a DWI this holiday season

The holiday season is full of traditions. Families serve special meals, distribute gifts and listen to holiday music. Another tradition among adults is drinking, and the holiday season is even known for its signature adult beverages like mulled wine, hot buttered rum and alcoholic eggnog. However, one tradition worth breaking is drinking and driving.

Drinking and driving should be a serious concern for North Carolina residents all year because the state has a higher rate of alcohol-involved deaths than the national average. However, for many years the United States has had a spike in drunk driving crashes and fatalities throughout the month of December, especially the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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