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Author Archives: Hager & Associates Law Office, P.C.

Communicating With Your Ex About COVID-19 Custody Issues

During a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, family becomes more important than ever, especially for children whose schedules have been disrupted by long-term school closures and the cancellation of other activities. Parents who are divorced or live apart for other reasons know the importance of maintaining healthy communication through difficult situations. Though this situation […]

Dealing with Changes to Custody and Visitation Arrangements Caused by COVID-19

Divorced parents are accustomed to raising children amidst changing circumstances, but the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced challenges that many of us have never seen before. Stay at home orders have imposed strict limits on the way we live and complicated many custody and visitation arrangements. We cannot be sure when daily life will more closely […]

Protecting Your Children When Your Co-Parent is a Drug Addict

Last week Terry Gross, of Fresh Air on public radio, interviewed Eileen Zimmerman, whose recently-published memoir Smacked: A Story of White Collar Ambition, Addiction and Tragedy shares the aftermath of her having found her ex-husband dead in his home as a result of his drug addiction. Peter was a “high-powered lawyer,” and at the time he died […]

Consultation vs. Internet Search

Recently, my husband broke his little toe helping me bring groceries in from the car. After putting the food away, I broke out the iPad and Googled “broken little toe” and wasted an hour or more of my time watching You Tube videos and reading articles about the different possible fractures, how to manipulate the […]

North Carolina Step-Parent Adoptions

Many children are raised in blended families and come to view their step-parent as their real mom or dad. Perhaps their biological mom or dad has never been involved with the child, or seldom spends any time with them. Adoption establishes a legal parent-child relationship which lasts forever, and gives the parents peace of mind […]

Should You Ask A Mental Health Professional To Help You Resolve A Custody Or Parenting Dispute?

Psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, and other mental health professionals play a variety of roles in families and in custody cases which end up in court. You may already be seeing a therapist for help with depression or anxiety related to your separation and divorce; often the therapist can give you helpful suggestions about how […]

Unbundled Legal Services

At , we are pleased to offer unbundled legal services to our clients where available. What are “unbundled services”? What is “limited scope representation?” Hiring to provide ‘unbundled services’ simply means that you are hiring the firm to perform certain defined and specific tasks for an agreed-upon flat rate. This is also called “limited-scope representation.” […]

What Do The Recent Supreme Court Rulings On Gay Marriage Mean For North Carolina?

On May 8, 2012, voters passed an amendment to the North Carolina Constitution which declares that “Marriage between a man and a woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.”  Amendment One wrote marriage discrimination against same-sex couples into the State’s Constitution.  Many same-sex couples living in […]

New Divorce And Custody Laws Proposed By The North Carolina Legislature

Certain bills proposed in the North Carolina state legislature have been getting attention recently. While most of press so far has been about a law seeking to allow the establishment of a state religion, family lawyers like us have been closely watching two other bills that would have a significant effect on how divorce law […]


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