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North Carolina Child Support Guidelines

Child Support guidelines vary between states, if you are divorced, separated or looking to become separated knowing your states child support guidelines is extremely important. All of us here at the law firm of GreeneWilson are well versed in the ins and outs of North Carolina child support guidelines, and are ready to help you and your family though the process.

Child support is determined based on the gross monthly income of both parents combined, the portion of the health insurance premium that covers the child, any work related child care costs as well as any extra costs such as medical specialists or therapy for the child. The calculation can become complicated, a good resource to start at is www.nccourts.org, where guidelines as well as child support worksheets are available to start the process. If circumstances change, child support can also be updated. The court also designated that paperwork for child support can be resubmitted and changed 3 years after the initial filing and if there is a substantial change to anything that was part of the initial filing.

We understand that this can be a long and stressful process for you and your family, and are prepared to answer questions and help make the process as smooth and pain-free as possible. Call our office at (252) 634-9400 or stop by our website www.greenewilson.com to schedule an appointment or learn more about our firm.

To learn how North Carolina law may apply to your unique circumstances or to schedule a consultation, please contact GreeneWilson Attorneys at Law by calling (252) 634-9400 or visiting www.greenewilson.com.

 

(source: NC Bar Association)

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Travel Laws and Reminders

Synonymous with summer time is traveling, whether it’s for vacation or to visit family the warmer weather always leads to more people on the road. This makes it the perfect time to review travel laws and other reminders for instate, interstate or international travel.

Instate

For our North Carolina natives it’s sometimes easy to forget the rules of the road we use almost everyday. Before you click your seatbelt be sure to set your phone to silent or connect to blue tooth, because texting and driving isn’t just against the law it’s also dangerous to yourself and others on the road. When driving on the highway be aware of police and emergency vehicles stopped on the shoulder with their lights flashing. Give them enough space and switch lanes if possible or slow down as you pass. It is just as courteous to the people stopped as it is following the law.

Interstate

Another tip before you hit the road is to check other states rules and regulations regarding driving. Cell phone laws and others vary from state to state, it is always in good practice to check your destination and drive through states Department of Transportation website before leaving.

Everywhere drinking and driving is illegal. Buzzed driving is drunk driving, so if you do plan to drink be sure to have a designated driver, or ride- share app such as Uber or Lyft on hand. The extra dollars spent paying for a driver is well worth it so that yourself and others aren’t put at risk.

International

Flying transcontinental is a big deal, and with flying comes even more polices to help protect you on your journey. Remembering to get Passports and Visas in order long before you depart is a key step. It can take several months for the documentation to process for getting a passport or visa, and leaving it to the last minute may delay your travel plans. If you are renting a car upon arrival check to see if an international driving permit is required. In some places holding a valid U.S license doesn’t cover the requirements needed to drive in that country. As always check the State Department website regarding any travel warnings or restrictions to your area, as well as TSA guidelines for baggage before you pack.

The best part about summer is vacation, and all of us here at GreeneWilson want you to have a happy, safe and fun one.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact GreeneWilson Attorneys at Law by calling (252) 634-9400 or visiting 

 

(Sources: News & Observer, U.S State Department, NCDOT, BACtrack, North Carolina General Assembly) 

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Ruined Relationships: Don’t Transfer Your Anger for Your Spouse to Your Child


If you’re divorced, you most likely understand how stressful the process can be. The process not only affects you and your ex, but every member of your family. Children often get the worst of it due to custody battles and a general feeling of instability. In a perfect world, divorcing or divorced parents would make every effort to ensure a child’s needs are at the heart of every decision: Who he will spend the majority of his time with, who will get to take her to soccer practice three times a week, or where will he spend his first Christmas or birthday post-divorce?

Unfortunately, many divorced parents let their own hurt, damaged feelings get in the way of a child’s relationship with the other parent. Children trying to comprehend why their parents are no longer together are more likely to cling to whatever they’re told. They’re eager for any information they can get that will help them feel they understand what’s happening in this new, and often scary, situation. This can create an environment where a vindictive parent can corrupt the way a child perceives his or her ex.

What is Parental Alienation?

Parental alienation (PA) describes conduct in which one parent purposefully (and for no apparent reason) distances a child from the other parent by putting down or otherwise vilifying the other parent. The goal is to “brainwash” the child into hate or even “acting out” the other parent. Over time, this behavior can destroy the relationship between parent and child.

A child who strongly attaches to one parent and rejects the other can result in the false belief one parent is bad or dangerous—the simplest definition of PA. It most frequently becomes an issue in high-conflict domestic violence and child custody cases, usually as an argument over access to the child.

Signs to Look For

An alienated child may show intense anger, use adult language, or speak in a way that sounds “scripted.” Dr. Douglas Darnell, PsyCare, Inc. CEO and Clinical Director of the Liberty Clinic, identifies a few of the many signs of parental alienation, including:

  • Giving the child a choice about visitation schedules when, in fact, they have no choice.
  • Telling the child “everything” about the marital relationship or reasons for the divorce.
  • Not allowing the other parent access to school or medical records and schedules of extracurricular activities.
  • One parent blaming the other for financial problems, breaking up the family, changes in lifestyle, or having a girlfriend or boyfriend.
  • Refusing to be flexible with the visitation schedule to respond to the child’s needs or scheduling the child in so many activities the other parent is never given time to visit.
  • Asking the child to choose one parent over the other.
  • The alienating parent encouraging any natural anger the child has toward the other parent.
  • A parent or step-parent suggesting changing the child’s name or having the step-parent adopt the child.
  • Using a child to gather information for the parent’s own use.
  • Arranging temptations that interfere with the other parent’s visitation.
  • Reacting with hurt or sadness to a child having a good time with the other parent.
  • Asking the child about the other parent’s personal life.
  • Making demands on the other parent that oppose court orders.
  • Listening in on phone conversation with the other parent (generally illegal in our state).

These behaviors, whether conscious or not says Dr. Darnell, may cause a child to be manipulated into believing one parent is the enemy.

PA in North Carolina Courts

North Carolina law does not specifically address the issue of PA, but trial courts regularly hear matters of parental alienation in family law cases. The evidence can have a major influence on how the judge decides custody, how much visitation is granted and other determinations such as whether or not the judge orders ongoing family therapy.

If you suspect parental alienation, talk to one of our experienced attorneys for guidance concerning the best way to handle the issue. Remember, even the other parent is acting poorly, don’t talk to your child about any pending litigation and don’t allow your child to see any court documents.

To learn how North Carolina law may apply to your unique circumstances or to schedule a consultation, please contact GreeneWilson Attorneys at Law by calling (252) 634-9400 or visiting www.greenewilson.com.

(Sources: The Parental Alienation Syndrome; Beyond Divorce Casualties: Reunifying the Alienated Family; Divorce Magazine; U.S. News & World Report; Parental Alienation Awareness Organization; Parental Alienation Education; and National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse.)

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