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Why Credibility Goes a Long Way in the Courtroom

In Separation & Divorce by Carly Baker

Honesty is a character trait that distinguishes us and gives us a personal sense of pride that we are inherently good people. It is a facet of many religions and theories of morality. It is a trait that many parents try to instill in their children. Honesty matters, as it shapes the way we are perceived and can really be of great benefit to our relationships, our friendships, and our careers. In the opposite sense, dishonesty can also define us in ways we don’t want. One example of this is in a courtroom. Judges and Juries Make Credibility Determinations   Throughout the American legal system, one of the core legal rights is the right to a trial by a fair and impartial judge or jury. Further, judges and juries are …

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Understanding “Good Faith”

In Child Custody, Child Support, Separation & Divorce by Elizabeth Stephenson

Family court judges in North Carolina take their jobs incredibly seriously. For example, nothing keeps judges up at night to the degree that child custody decisions do. This is because judges are tasked with making huge, lasting decisions that impact the happiness, stability, and safety of children. In addition, judges understand that decisions about divorce, property division, alimony, and child support can have an enormous impact on the future of everyone involved. ?? In fact, courts have the sole discretion to determine whether a witness is credible. If a court finds that a person lacks credibility, then this can have highly damaging ramifications on that person’s legal outcome. The court can essentially choose to disbelieve all of an untrustworthy person’s testimony. This is one of the reasons that people must …