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Types of Adoption

July 22, 2019

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 is known. In addition, other background and medical information is disclosed to the adopting parents. The parties also may meet one another, and can remain in contact after the adoption is finalized, if that is the desire of all parties.     Private Independent Adoptions When biological…

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Preparing for your Consultation

July 19, 2019

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 your situation, and we will also agree upon a fee arrangement. There is no charge for the initial consultation. Please bring with you to the initial consultation as much of the following information and material as possible. FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES INFORMATION SHEET Fully completed list of…

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Reaffirmation Agreements

July 19, 2019

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 bankruptcy discharge and “re-ups” the debt, so that whatever debt is involved does not “go through” the bankruptcy. A typical reaffirmation agreement is in connection with a loan on a vehicle. Reaffirmation agreements are obviously a great benefit to banks, credit unions, and other financial…

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Which Parent Gets to Choose Where the Child Goes to School?

July 10, 2017

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 child attends school may impact the quality of the child’s education, as well as the child’s happiness and overall development. Parents often feel strongly about decisions that can have a long-term impact on their child.

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Can a Stepparent Be Required to Pay Child Support for a Current or Former Stepchild?

June 14, 2017

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 no legal duty to pay child support for the benefit of a stepchild in the event the stepparent’s marriage to the child’s parent ends, either by death or divorce. However, a stepparent who has acted “in loco parentis”

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