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GHMA | LAW Partners included in North Carolina Super Lawyers 2020

GHMA | LAW PARTNERS INCLUDED IN 2020 Edition of NC Super Lawyers

GHMA | LAW is pleased to announce that Dave Hillier, Patrick McCroskey, and Janet Amburgey have been listed in the 2020 Edition of North Carolina Super Lawyers. Dave Hillier is...
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Patrick McCroskey included in the Legal Elite for the 7th Consecutive Year

GHMA | LAW is pleased to announce that Patrick McCroskey has been included in the Business North Carolina Legal Elite 2020 Family Law Section for the 7th consecutive year. Patrick...
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Elise Putnam joins GHMA | LAW

The attorneys at GHMA | LAW are pleased to announce that Elise Putnam joined the firm on January 6, 2020. Elise Putnam is a vastly experienced Family Law and Appellate...
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Types of Adoption

Open vs. Closed Adoptions Adoptions can be either open or closed. In a closed adoption the identify of the biological parents remains annonymous. In an open adoption the biological parent identify...
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Preparing for your Consultation

CONSIDER USING OUR ONLINE BANKRUPTCY EVALUATION Thank you for your inquiry regarding your financial difficulties. At our initial consultation we will discuss what action, if any, might be appropriate in...
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Reaffirmation Agreements

During the course of a bankruptcy proceeding, Debtors are quite often presented with the opportunity to sign a Reaffirmation Agreement. A Reaffirmation Agreement essentially takes a debt out of the...
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Which Parent Gets to Choose Where the Child Goes to School?

The beginning of a new school year is a time when many parents are faced with making a decision regarding where their child should be enrolled in school. Where a...
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Can a Stepparent Be Required to Pay Child Support for a Current or Former Stepchild?

Under North Carolina law, the legal parents (either biological or adoptive) of a child are deemed to be primarily responsible for the child’s financial support. As such, a stepparent has...
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Grandparents’ Rights to Custody and Visitation in North Carolina

Under North Carolina law, there are four different statutes under which a grandparent has statutory standing to pursue visitation privileges with a grandchild, or legal and/or physical custody of the...
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How Separate Property Can Become Marital Property

Transmutation is a term used in family law to describe property that has been transformed from a party’s separate property into marital property. In the context of equitable distribution, the...
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What Happens When a Marital Asset Is Titled in the Name of a Business or Third Party?

In North Carolina, property that is owned at the date of separation by either spouse, individually or jointly, is presumed to be marital property. But, what happens when a business...
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Why You May Need an Expert Witness or Other Professional to Assist in Your Divorce or Child Custody Case

Depending on the nature and complexity of the issues in dispute in your divorce or child custody matter, your attorney may recommend that you engage the services of non-lawyer professionals...