Can my same-sex marriage be undone?

We’ve been getting a lot of calls, emails and texts over the past few days about the validity of same-sex marriages moving forward, and whether current marriages could be undone. The short answer is, more than likely NO. Of course, no one can accurately predict what the future holds, and our response below is our opinion.…

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Children should be seen and not heard?

My 12 year old daughter wants to speak to the judge in order to tell the judge that she wants to live with me. Will she have to take the stand? Possibly. A child may be called to the stand, placed under oath, and then questioned under oath. Most parents agree that they would prefer…

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The Equality Act

On Thursday, February 25, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Equality Act, and now it is heading to the Senate. The Act is meant to ban discrimination against people based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  This Act has been decades in the making, and is an Amendment of the 1964 Civil Rights…

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Why do we use the term “stepparent” adoption?

What is a surrogate and is it right for me?

The offensiveness of “stepparent” adoptions to an LGBTQ+ couple: Adoption of a child(ren) may occur in several different scenarios. One scenario is when a one spouse is adopting the child(ren) of the other spouse. This is what most people think of when they hear the term “stepparent adoption”. An adoption by a spouse whose child…

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North Carolina Child Support

Duty: In case of a divorce in North Carolina, it is the responsibility of both parents to provide support to their child. The court recognizes the parent living physically together with the child as already providing essential support. On the contrary, the other parent (if the child is not primarily living with him/her) must support…

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To what extent do you think you can handle legal issues associated with family matters? It creates a lot of heartache when one acts in a way consistent with what they believe should be the law, only to find the law states something different. At Haas & Associates, PA, we try to help people have…

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LGBT Families: Tips for Protecting Your Relationship with Your Children in a Worst Case Scenario

LGBT child protection

When starting a family, one of the last things you want to think about is a tragic event occurring. However, it is vital for all families with children to at the very least make sure that they have the proper precautions in place should the worst-case scenario occur. For LBGT families, the law can be…

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5 Myths About Prenuptial Agreements

5 Myths about prenuptial agreements

If you’re thinking about getting married, or even if you’re already planning your wedding, the idea of a prenuptial agreement may have crossed your mind. These legal documents are at least considered by most people prior to marriage, but in the vast majority of cases, the idea is dismissed because of the many negative beliefs…

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What to Do If Your Ex Stops Paying Child Support

Ex stopped paying child support

When a couple divorces in North Carolina, it is neither fair nor reasonable to expect one parent to support the children alone. This is why family courts order child support to be paid. These payments are meant to contribute to the cost of housing, food, clothing, medical care, and other expenses associated with raising a…

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5 Reasons Why We Appreciate Our Clients

Family law in North Carolina

As the holiday season draws to a close, our family law in North Carolina, Haas & Associates, P.A. are reminded of how much we appreciate our clients. As attorneys, we feel both honored and privileged to help all of you overcome personal and legal challenges, grow your families through marriage, surrogacy or adoption, and plan…

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