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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
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  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Most of our firm's fees are on a flat rate basis
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Founding Attorney and CEO
The Houser Law Firm, P.C.
- Current
North Carolina Central University School of Law
J.D. (2011)
University of North Carolina - Wilmington
B.A. (2008)
Professional Associations
North Carolina State Bar
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Better Business Bureau
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815 Questions Answered

Q. Who is responsible for transportation for visitation of one parent moves away
A: Unless agreed to in writing or court ordered, you have zero obligation to make his visitation convenient for him or meet him halfway. If he chose to move, he likely ought to bear the cost of his visitation. Of course, if you make him come all the way to pick up the child and you have no formal custody agreement or order in place, he could likely make you come all the way to pick up the child or simply just not return the child at all. If you can't work this out fairly yourselves you may have to involve the court. However, odds are that if you involve the court, they would say meeting halfway is fair.
Q. What do I need to do if I pay child support and my ex doesn't let me see my son?
A: Whether you pay child support or not or were ever married or not is irrelevant to the issue of visitation. If you are entitled to visitation and the other parent is denying it and / or making it difficult without justification, then that is likely a jerk thing to do and is unacceptable. Hire an attorney, get a custody / visitation order and stick it to her good and proper.
Q. Can my daughters father just pop in and see her whenever its convenient for him?
A: You are using terms like "Which I am fine with" and "Im trying to LET him have a relationship with her" as if you have some sort of right to control or dictate whether he does or doesn't - you don't - that's likely why you are seeking custody through the court (an authority that does have that power). As to whether he can pop in and out whenever he feels like it, sure he can - as long as you allow it. As to what things seem like, who cares? It's how things actually are that matters and if you are not preventing or interfering with him having a reasonable amount of visitation at reasonable times, then you are doing what you are suppose to do. Typically, is it fair and common to give you at least 24 hours notice of an intended visit and that visitation should be at time and place agreed upon by both of you - not whenever and wherever he feels like it. Best of luck.
Q. What can I do about my child being withheld from me?
A: We you have transmission trouble - you call a mechanic. When you have a legal issue you call an attorney. In your case specifically, a family law attorney.
Q. If a 14 year old got pregnant what would happen to her? Would she be sent somewhere away from home or something???
A: The person who got her pregnant would likely be charged with statutory rape. A 14 year old can not legally consent to sex. As to what happens to her, that is largely up to her parents or guardians.
Q. My ex wife was charged with DUI, Mis. Child Abuse, driving while license revoked, and a couple other minor infractions.
A: There is no 'winning' issues like this only degrees of losing and there are never any 'guarantees' . Couples who are smart, work things out fairly themselves, for their own benefit and the benefit of the child and pay a flat rate fee of $250 for a simple parenting agreement to end up with 50/50 custody. Couples who aren't, pay a "ridiculous amount of money" to have strangers decide things for them that they likely could have decided themselves for free or very low cost. That said, sometimes you don't have a lot of options. If your ex will not agree to a change in custody that saves everyone time and money and benefits the child, then you may not have a lot of options but to go down that road of spending a ridiculous amount of money again. So essentially you have a hard decision to make. One thing is for certain if you want to take advantage of this situation the sooner you do it the better. Every day you wait mulling it over makes it look like less and less of an 'emergency' to change custody and makes it look more like you are OK with an irresponsible drunk having custody of your child. Best of luck.
Q. No custody order. Can I keep my daughters father from having unsupervised visitation with her?
A: You don't get to dictate the terms of visitation, no matter how well intentioned you are. If you are going to refuse his requests for visitation or even impose restrictions, you had better have extreme good cause that you can prove to the court. Rolling up into court with what your 'gut is telling you' likely won't cut it and you are correct that it will very likely 'look bad' in court. That said, leaving her alone in a car and showing up drunk is likely good cause but you'd better be able to prove it. Of course, the type of man you are describing, likely would never invest the kind of time or money it would take to fight you for his daughter in court. Best of luck.
Q. Plaintiff has not requested hearing date for Ab. Div. I was served Apr. '18. Any options for quicker resolution?
A: You may already be divorced and he just didn't send you a copy of the divorce judgment as he is required to do. You should check that possibility first. If not and you know how to do it, you should be able to put the matter on the calendar and serve him with notice of the hearing.
Q. What can be claimed under "transportation" under Florida parenting plan?
A: The court likely doesn't care and there likely is no set 'formula' the court goes by. What is important is what is in your parenting plan or other applicable documents. If they were properly drafted, they will spell out in clear, precise and easy to understand language with no uncertainty exactly what is to happen in a situation like this. If they do, then give the information to an attorney and let them stick it to her good and proper. If your plan or other applicable documentation was not properly drafted and does not specifically obligate her to meet you half way or reimburse you (especially for court costs / attorney fees), you'll likely be making that same trip every visitation until you get the plan properly modified. Best of luck.
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The Houser Law Firm, P.C.
1007 Hargett Street
Suite 2
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Telephone: (910) 333-9679
Fax: (910) 333-8513