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Modifying Child Custody Orders

By Randall & Stump, PLLC |

When a divorce involves children, the North Carolina court system may have to help the parents determine how the children will spend their time between the two parents.  In an earlier post, we briefly discussed child custody orders and explained that they were somewhat of a last resort in instances where the parents themselves… Read More »


Using a Courthouse Dog for Emotional Support

By Randall & Stump, PLLC |

Appearing before a judge in court, not to mention cases that involve a jury, can be intimidating. For victims who have been sexually assaulted, emotionally tormented, or physically beaten, facing the perpetrator in court can be a truly traumatic event. Luckily, an attorney will help walk you through this process and ensure that you… Read More »


Stepparents’ Child Custody and Visitation Rights

By Randall & Stump, PLLC |

When a marriage comes to an end, child custody is often one of the most hotly contested items throughout the divorce process. But what happens if there are stepparents/children involved? Does the biological parent always end up with his or her children, or does the stepparent ever seek and obtain custody? What about visitation… Read More »


False Allegations Made During Divorce

By Randall & Stump, PLLC |

Stress, pressure, and fear will make ordinary people do unordinary things–manipulative and even deceitful things. Some divorcing spouses go so far as to make up stories about their partners that damages their reputation and chances for be granted child custody, marital property, or alimony. If you are facing such accusations, you need to act… Read More »


Split Custody Agreements

By Randall & Stump, PLLC |

You have likely heard of joint custody, where you and the child’s other parent share legal responsibility for the child and, usually, the child stays with you part time and the other parent part time. Split custody, on the other hand, is a situation in which your two (or more) children’s living arrangements are… Read More »


How Does the Court Decide Sole Custody?

By Randall & Stump, PLLC |

Despite only one in six sole custodial parents being fathers, according to the Census, the court does not favor the mother over the father, or vice versa. In fact, the court makes the decision in favor of the child only. It seeks to find a solution that is in the child’s best interest. According… Read More »


Trauma Bonding

By Randall & Stump, PLLC |

If you have been trapped in an abusive relationship and do not know why you have been unable to leave, or family members and friends do not understand why you are still in the relationship, there is a very clear cut answer. It is not just you. There is nothing wrong with you or… Read More »


Allison’s Law

By Randall & Stump, PLLC |

North Carolina is currently considering adopting a new law requiring domestic violence offenders to wear ankle GPS bracelets to track their whereabouts. The House Bill, H.B. 46, is also referred to as Allison’s law because it could, if made into a law, save lives such as Allison Holt, who was killed by her estranged… Read More »


North Carolina Collaborative Divorce

By Randall & Stump, PLLC |

When most people think of divorce, a complicated, stressful, and costly image comes to mind. While many divorces do end up going down that type of road, especially when the divorce is contested and goes to court, there is an easier option available for couples whose relationship is still strong enough to discuss options… Read More »


Custody Over the Family Pet

By Randall & Stump, PLLC |

Obtaining custody or figuring out a plan to share the family dog or cat after divorce has become one of the main points of contention during many legal separations. You can replace a car, the couch, or a home with another one, but you cannot replace the bond that you have created with your… Read More »

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