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Do I Have to Pay Child Support When I Consent to Adoption of My Child?
Child Abuse or Adoption: Which is the Better Choice?
Should You Represent Yourself In Court?
Abortion vs. Adoption: The Kermit Gosnell Trial


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The U.S. Supreme Court's decision on June 26, 2015, that same sex couples have the right to marry opens the door for same sex couples to adopt in North Carolina. Prior to the decision, same sex couples could not adopt a child in North Carolina. North Carolina adoption law only allowed single persons to adopt and married heterosexual couples to adopt. For years, many North Carolina County Departments of Social Services allowed gay couples to serve as foster parents and even one of the members of the couple to adopt.

Do I Have to Pay Child Support When I Consent to Adoption of My Child?

Since it is National Adoption Month, I thought I would give you a little information about issues that frequently come up in adoption.
Do you have to pay child support after you sign paperwork consenting for your child to be adopted?  Well, the answer is... it depends.  This question comes up a lot in step-parent or relative adoptions.
North Carolina law says that the obligation to pay child support continues until the final adoption decree is signed.  Most adoptions can be finalized in 90 days, but some times they take longer.

Child Abuse or Adoption: Which is the Better Choice?

With all of the horrific stories of child abuse that have been plastered across the news over the last few years, I can't help but ask which would have been the better alternative.  I have practiced adoption law for the past 22 years and have the opportunity to hear the reasons that the birth mothers give for placing their babies for adoption.  Here are a few reasons that they give or I have observed:
1.The most common is that they already have several children and can not afford another child.

Should You Represent Yourself In Court?

I am often asked by potential clients "Do I really need a lawyer?" Or "is there somewhere I can get forms for my situation?"   My response is usually the choice is totally yours, but there are some pitfalls that you should be aware of when representing yourself or proceeding pro se.  There is an old quote that goes something like "the man who represents himself has a fool for a client." 
1.  Most lawyers will not represent themselves.

Abortion vs. Adoption: The Kermit Gosnell Trial

Do you know who Dr.Kermit Gosnell is?  He is a  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania physician, known throughout the Philadelphia and neighboring states for performing abortions at his medical practice the “Women’s Medical Society.”  Dr. Gosnell is currently on trial for capital murder for among other things allegedly killing babies who were born alive after botched abortions. Gosnell, well known throughout the region for performing late term abortions, was the only licensed physician in the practice.

What Are Transracial Adoptions?

A transracial adoption is where a person or couple of one race adopts a child of another.  This type of adoption can involve just about any race or nationality: a caucasian couple adopting an african american child or maybe an american couple adopting a chinese or african child.  I have handled many transracial adoptions during my career and I always wonder how the families adjust.  I believe that a family that embarks on a transracial adoption is special in that society is not always kind or understanding.


As many people begin the adoption process, the fees for the adoption process can really begin to add up.  If you are working with an agency, there are agency fees that can range from a few thousand to more than $25,000.  You may also be providing the birth mother with assistance with her living expenses and medical expenses.  Finally, you may have to hire an attorney.  So, I frequently get asked what are my fees for an adoption. 
Attorney fees in an adoption can vary from case to case.

A Creditor Is Suing Me, What Should I Do?

    Many times when people are sued by a creditor, credit card company, or collection agency they are so overwhelmed and depressed about their financial situation that they simply do nothing. Doing nothing is the worst possible thing that you can do.  You should consult an attorney.  For the cost of a consultation fee, you could save yourself thousands of dollars in the long run. 
     I recently represented someone who was being sued by a major credit card issuer owned by a major bank for an unpaid credit card debt.

4 Signs You Need To Review Your Will

Congratulations! You were responsible and had a Will prepared for your family.  Everything is squared away, right?  Well, no… that is not quite right. I have reviewed and re-written Wills where the attorney who drafted the Will has been dead for more than 20 years, the children where minors at the time the Will was written, and  Here are 3 reasons that you may need to have a lawyer review and revise your Will. 

1.  A Beneficiary Under Your Will Has Died. 

First, a beneficiary is someone who will inherit from you under the terms of your Will.

Child Abuse - Are You A Silent Conspirator?

         On Friday, September 7, 2012, in Columbia, South Carolina, Zinah Jennings was sentenced to ten (10) years in prison for Unlawful Conduct Towards A Child.  The charges stem from the fact that her 18-month-old son, Amir Jennings has not been seen since November 2011.  The child’s grandmother reported him missing on November 29, 2011. Zinah’s defense attorney produced a witness who testified that she saw the child the week before Christmas with the child’s mother.