Amanda Bowden Houser

Amanda Bowden Houser

The Houser Law Firm, P.C.
  • Criminal Law, Divorce, DUI & DWI...
  • North Carolina
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The Houser Law Firm, P.C. is a Professional Corporation and full service, General Practice law firm located in Jacksonville, that serves Onslow and surrounding counties (Jones, Pender, Duplin) in South Eastern North Carolina. We know that in these tough economic times, saving money where ever possible is important to most people. Our philosophy has always been to provide our clients with prompt, courteous and professional legal services at an affordable fee. While we never compromise on our legal professionalism, we do strive to manage our cost and expenses so that we can offer high quality legal services at fees that are reasonable and affordable.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Divorce
  • DUI & DWI
  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Traffic Tickets
Fees
  • Free Consultation
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  • Contingent Fees
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Most of our firm's fees are on a flat rate basis
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Founding Attorney and CEO
The Houser Law Firm, P.C.
- Current
Education
University of North Carolina - Wilmington
B.A. (2008)
North Carolina Central University School of Law
J.D. (2011)
Professional Associations
North Carolina State Bar
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A+
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Website
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34 Questions Answered

Q. can i sue my sons father if he has him circumcised and i dont wont him circumcised we have joint custody
A: Depends on what any Agreements or Court Orders already in place say. If you both have joint custody and there is nothing about being required to give each other consent / permission for medical procedures then - you likely don't have a case. I realize there's a new medical fad about not circumcising but unless you have religious objections its likely better to be circumcised. If you feel really strongly about it and its not too late, you may want to consult with a local attorney about an injunction to prevent the procedure until a Court can decide. Best of luck!
Q. Can I file contempt charges since my ex texted me that he was going to keep my son if I didn't come get him?
A: Any agreement that doesn't specify who is responsible for transportation is likely a very poorly drafted agreement. The issue of transportation and visitation schedules is the most common problem divorced / separated parents face. Leaving out who is responsible for transportation is like going poo and not wiping your butt. While it may look bad for him in Court to 'play games' like this, there doesn't appear to be anything he could be held in contempt for. Since your agreement is silent on the issue of transportation and he is not keeping the child from you if you come and get him, he isn't in violation of anything to be held in contempt for. Not sure why an attorney would tell you the responsibility falls on him. If the agreement is silent and there's nothing else that makes him responsible. Transportation falls on both of you. Of course a Judge may take a dim view of him basically acting like a jerk - it likely wouldn't rise to the level of contempt. Best of luck.
Q. I am in NC and still married but husband left in 2012 and went to another state. No divorce has been filed. He is in TX
A: If he is paying $50 a month in child support odds are he can't afford to take you to court for custody and even if he did, he'd likely lose unless he has a real real real good reason for not having contact with the child for 3-4 years. Why don't you file a petition to terminate his parental rights? You'd lose the measly $50 a month but you be rid of this bully and he wouldn't be in your daughters life ever again unless she allowed it. As to making the child speak to her father, generally the court prefers that you not prevent or interfere with communication or visitation but unless there is a court order in place that says you have to allow it, you do have very good reasons to not allow contact. Finally, as to the bigamy, its cheap to divorce someone so he'd be a fool to get married before divorcing you but if he does, its a felony in NC, likely TX as well so yes, you could use that in your favor.
Q. Custody, & abandonment
A: You are in between the proverbial rock and a hard place. If you leave the children with their father you are on his good graces not to file for full custody and claim you abandoned them and you likely can't take them with you out of state without his consent or a court order which even if you had would likely still be a bad idea until you get settled. Your best bet is to consult with a local attorney to go over your options.
Q. My father and I did not stay in touch. Just learned of his passing and was told by funeral home he had no children.
A: I assume you are asking because of possible inheritance. If so, based on your description you may likely be first in line to inherit everything - if he doesn't have a will. If he does have a will and you aren't in it you could get nothing (assuming there is anything to get). Likely the best place to start is with his lawyer to see who the executor of his estate is and review the will (if there is one).
Q. How many times can my ex husband file a motion on me to stop child support I just went to court he didn't show up and th
A: He can file as much as he wants until the child ages out and there is no reason to file. Of course, whether he will be successful or even be heard is a different story.
Q. Is it mandatory to have a dna test preformed before child support is paid?
A: No you can begin paying sooner if you want too.
Q. How can I add an additional last name to my minor child?
A: Not without your ex-husband's consent or his parental rights are terminated or the children turn 18 and can do their own name change. Of the three possibilities, asking your ex-husband for consent is likely your best option but he likely won't consent since you went after child support. You also likely won't be successful in a petition to terminate his rights, especially if you go to Court with inconsistent testimony such as saying in one sentence "he still has nothing to do with our children" and then contradicting that in the very next sentence by saying "He has seen our 14 year old once in two years". As to the third option, what would be the point of changing the children's names once they are on their own. There is one finally possibility, you can consult with a local family law attorney to see if there is any other options - often there is more than one way to skin the proverbial cat and it never hurts to look into every possibility. Best of luck!
Q. Bio dad lives in IN & his mom wants custody of my son they hired an attorney to get custody and visitations.
A: There really isn't a question here - just a list of the exact same statements every family law attorney hears from one parent about the other side. Oh, they use drugs. Oh, they never call or send money. Oh, they are criminals and have criminals in and out of the house at all hours. If all of this is true - you have nothing to worry about. File a petition to terminate father's rights and then proceed with your adoption plan. Of course if all of that isn't true or is at best an exaggeration then things may not turn out as you hope. Either way - you need an attorney. Best of luck!
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The Houser Law Firm, P.C.
1007 Hargett Street
Suite 2
Jacksonville, NC 28540
USA
Telephone: (910) 333-9679
Fax: (910) 333-8513