Author: Linda K. Ward

Alright, alright, alright……or Maybe not!

The CDC recently approved the Covid-19 vaccine for administration to children ages 5 to 11.  For many parents, this was the green light they had been waiting for to protect their children and start the journey towards a return to normalcy.  For other parents, the CDC’s announcement gave them pause.  Celebrity Matthew McConaughey, who is the parent of three children, age 9, 11, and 13, announced last week that he was not vaccinating his younger… Read More

Resolution….It’s What Really Matters.

North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Newby declared October 17-23, 2021 “Conflict Resolution Week” in North Carolina.  Read Order Here.    Mediation is one conflict resolution method we use A LOT in our office to resolve disputes.  When reading Justice Newby’s Order last week, several words and phrases jumped out at me about the benefits of using mediation as a means to settle cases—“foster communication” “salvage relationships” “empower litigants to devise mutually agreeable and… Read More

Timely Resolution of Family Law Disputes is Necessary

A recent story in the local news demonstrated the real impact that Covid has had on our legal system.  For months, Wake County Family Court cases were routinely continued over and over again because courts were closed, or only temporary, non-prejudicial hearings were possible because they could be conducted remotely via Webex.  The court system is not to blame for the pandemic, but the shutdowns and closures have created a backlog in the court system… Read More

Electronically-stored information, devices & social media: do’s and don’t’s—a needed reminder for us all!

In May 2017, we blogged about the “Do’s and Don’t’s” in Family Law. With the pandemic forcing most of us to live a “virtual life”, we thought it was important to revisit and update what you should and should not be doing on the Internet. Emails, text messages, websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking (“social media”), or any other type of information that is… Read More

How I became a fan of Virtual Mediation

Mediation is a way to resolve family law disputes where a neutral third party, the mediator, assists parties in trying to reach an agreement.  The mediator does not advocate for either party or make any decisions. The decision-making authority is left to the parties. The mediator’s job is to help parties work out their own agreements by exploring the parties’ needs and interests and by helping them formulate specific solutions to resolve the disputed issues…. Read More

What’s Happening to My Case?

Practically every aspect of our world has been drastically altered by the protections (and limitations) enacted to combat the spread of COVID-19. Our court system is no different. On March 13, 2020, Chief Justice Beasley of the Supreme Court of North Carolina issued an emergency order declaring the North Carolina courts “on hold” for a majority of matters. Over the course of the last few months, these directives have been extended in a number of… Read More

Ward Family Law Group Takes Steps to Protect Clients and Visitors During COVID

Beginning June 1, 2020, we will accommodate in-person meetings as clients and lawyers may agree, with certain limitations and cautions in place.  We will continue to utilize and encourage phone calls and Zoom videoconferencing for most communications, but we will allow in-person meetings if there is a specific need to meet with your attorney in the office, and you and your attorney agree to an in-person meeting. We will continue to practice safety methods such… Read More

It’s Time to File that Tax Return……

The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) changed Family Law.   While there was a lot of hype over the TCJA after it was first passed in December of 2017, for most people, the real effect of the tax law changes will be felt with the filing of their 2018 tax return.  This is the first of a series of blogs on the new tax law changes affecting the family law world. Bye,… Read More

Social media: The do’s and don’ts in Family Law

The Pew Research Center estimates that almost 70% of American adults use some form of social media, and that roughly 75 million of them check their social networks every day. With those kinds of statistics, it is clear that social media has become a part of our daily lives, and an increasingly significant factor in divorce and custody disputes. If you post to Facebook or Instagram, or if you Tweet, blog, post to YouTube, or… Read More

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