Author: Ward Family Law Group

North Carolina’s appellate courts declare that violence is violence regardless if same-sex or opposite-sex relationship.

Domestic violence has been labeled as an “epidemic” in our country. Statistics show that one in every three women and one in four men in the United States will experience some form of domestic violence at the hands of their intimate partner. Just as domestic violence can affect heterosexual relationships, it can affect LGBTQ+ relationships as well.  North Carolina provides two avenues for individuals to seek relief from their abuser: N.C.G.S. § 50B and N.C.G.S…. Read More

Congratulations!!!!

Ward Family Law Group is pleased to announce that Attorney Ryan M. Tarrant has been selected for inclusion in the 2021 North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars List. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented annual selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. No more than 2.5 percent of the State’s… Read More

Dale V. Stephenson named Legal Elite!

Ward Family Law Group is pleased to announce that Dale V. Stephenson has been selected for inclusion in Business North Carolina Magazine’s Legal Elite for 2021 in the categories of Family Law and Young Guns. For two decades, Business North Carolina asks all active members of the North Carolina Bar one simple question: Of the Tar Heel lawyers whose work you have observed firsthand, whom would you rate among the current best in selective categories?  There… Read More

Protecting Your Children Before, During, and After Your Divorce

The stress and grief of a divorce ranks only second to the death of a loved one. Divorce not only affects the divorcing spouses, but it has a life-altering effect on their children. Children depend on their parents for love, support and guidance, and stability, and they can experience feelings of confusion, abandonment and anxiety when their parents separate. Estimates suggest that between 1 and 1.5 million children experience the divorce of their parents each… Read More

Truth or Consequences: Why Honesty Is the Best Policy When Dealing with Your Lawyer

The domestic case—whether it’s custody, divorce issues, or domestic violence—is often the first time a party will consult with an attorney. It can be a time marked by confusion, anger, frustration, fear and uncertainty.  The following is an article entitled TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES:  WHY HONESTY IN THE BEST POLICY WHEN DEALING WITH YOUR LAWYER by Katie McClaflin published in the Family Advocate, a publication of the American Bar Association, Family Law Section.  At Ward Family… Read More

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the statistics are sobering. • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. • 37.3% of women and 28.3% of men experienced intimate partner sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking at some point in their lives. • More than 12 million Americans are victims… Read More

Domestic violence increases on Super Bowl Sunday – fact or fiction?

For years, the media has perpetuated the belief that Super Bowl Sunday is the most dangerous day of the year. However, the research shows that this is just a myth, and there is no specific link between the Super Bowl and an increase in domestic violence. What the research does show is domestic violence spikes on weekends and holidays or on other special occasions that center around family and….alcohol. So, you might see increases in… Read More

Can I put an electronic tracking device on the vehicle my spouse drives?

Like most legal questions, there is not a simple “yes” or “no” answer to whether you can put an electronic tracking device on the vehicle driven by your spouse. The answer depends on a number of factors, including who is putting the electronic tracking device on the vehicle, who owns (or leases) the vehicle, and whether there is a court order protecting your spouse against assault, threats, harassment, following, or contact. 1. What is an… Read More

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