The state of North Carolina plans to invest over $100 million over the next ten years to convert its current court filing systems from paper filings to efilings. Wake County is one of four counties in the state to be part of a pilot program for this new eCourts system. The others are Harnett, Johnston, and Lee Counties. This “eCourts” portal is to be available in all 100 counties across the state by 2025. What… Read More
In Part 1, we discussed the use of AirTags to track your spouse and children and the implications in divorce and custody cases. Now you might be wondering, what can I do to protect myself or my child from being tracked? Manufacturers have taken steps to improve Security. The success of these trackers is based off their proximity to other devices they can ping off, and they can only ping off devices with Bluetooth turned… Read More
AirTags and other Bluetooth trackers, like Life360’s Tile, are coin-sized tracking devices. Using a Bluetooth signal, an AirTag pings off any Apple device using Apple’s Find My network and shows you the location of the AirTag. When out of range of the tracker, Tile’s app will show you the last location it was seen by your device and can ping off other Tile users to locate its current location. The benefit of these trackers is… Read More
This past weekend, Ward Family Law Group attorney, Dale V. Stephenson, along with fellow attorney, Chris Nichols, coached two Broughton High School Mock Trial teams at the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) High School Mock Trial Regional Competition, held in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Broughton’s teams consisted of fourteen students, eleven of whom had never participated in mock trial. In a “mock trial”, student teams present an entire trial to seasoned attorneys who serve as… Read More
Ward Family Law Group is honored to be named by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”. Ward Family Law Group is located in Cary, North Carolina. Our attorneys focus on helping families solve problems. We know that each family’s situation is unique, and it is our goal to find a solution that meets your family’s specific needs.
Our office will close for the Christmas and New Year holidays beginning at the close of business on Thursday, December 22, 2022, and will reopen on Monday, January 2, 2022.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to each of you! We are extremely blessed and grateful for your referrals, support, and friendship this past year. It’s Giving Tuesday, and we are continuing our tradition of recognizing your support of our firm by making charitable donations to three organizations that we believe make an impact in our communities. This year we are focusing our efforts on organizations that are committed to improving the lives… Read More
Domestic violence and abuse can take the form of many behaviors and could be a one-time incident or a pattern of behaviors. In abusive relationships, an aggressor will use tactics such as bullying, manipulation, embarrassment, isolation, blame shifting, gaslighting, threatening, and injuring to control their victim. The abuser isn’t always a spouse/partner, they can be a person you are dating or even a family member. The most common forms of abuse are physical (hitting, punching,… Read More
Dale V. Stephenson virtually judged round one of the 2022 All Star Bracket National Trial Competition wherein law students across the country presented and defended their case. This year’s case centered around whether a mob boss murdered the victim in retaliation of the victim’s former witness testimony. Having coached students and winning a national trial competition herself, Dale understands first-hand the hard work, determination and dedication that goes into preparing a case for trial.
Child custody cases can result in a lot more than a Court Order setting out the physical custody schedule and legal custody terms. Feelings of anger, frustration, distrust and resentment are all common occurrences following child custody litigation. In some cases, called “high conflict” custody cases, a pattern of the following occurs: excessive litigation, anger and distrust between the parents, verbal abuse or domestic violence between parents or difficulty communicating about and cooperating in the… Read More