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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
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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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
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Founding Attorney and CEO
The Houser Law Firm, P.C.
- Current
University of North Carolina - Wilmington
B.A. (2008)
North Carolina Central University School of Law
J.D. (2011)
Professional Associations
North Carolina State Bar
- Current
Better Business Bureau
Websites & Blogs
The Houser Law Firm Website
Legal Answers
200 Questions Answered

Q. My lawyer said an ED affidavit had to be filled out and filed by my husband and I or he would drop my case? Is this true
A: If your lawyer tells you to do something or he will withdraw from your case then your options are to do what you were told to do or risk the attorney withdrawing - that's certainly a true enough statement.
Q. Need divorce but spouse won't leave to begin separation. Attorney quotes for Divorce from Bed and Board crazy expensive.
A: The odds of you successfully drafting the paperwork for a divorce from bed and board let alone getting a judgment in your favor on your own is less than slim and none. Your basic options are either you move out or he moves out. Since likely neither of you can afford an attorney, you have some wiggle room with regard to forcing him about - it may not be quite kosher but there likely won't be squat all he can do about it. So here are some things you can legally do - make life so miserable for him to live there that he leaves, don't give him access to anything especially your car. If he get physically or threatening have a DVPO taken out. That's a classic way to get him out you get a year long restraining order and he can't live with you whether he's on the lease or not. And a DVPO is something you can do on your own. Best of luck.
Q. Is there privacy protection for third parties unrelated to the divorce from text message subpoenas?
A: Possibly. You may have some privacy arguments but it likely won't stop someone other than your friend seeing those text messages. Of course at the time you composed them you knew or should have known there was the possibility someone other than your friend may see them - you likely should have been more careful with what you reduce to writing. Best of luck.
Q. Should I just pay my ticket and risk it following me back to my state?
A: You should do neither. You should hire a local traffic attorney to resolve this for you.
Q. Do I have to go to a driving class due to a speeding ticket?
A: Depends on what you are charged with, for some tickets its hard to avoid the 'ol driving school. But as a general rule, if you waste your time and money handling your ticket yourself - likely yes. If you hire a local traffic attorney - likely not.
Q. I'm 20 years old and my boyfriend is 19 I want to move in with him and he wants the same thing he lives with his mom
A: This really ought to be common sense for you but if mom owns or is otherwise in control of the house (ie via a lease) and mom said no - that's pretty much all you need to know. Be respectful and let that be the end of it. Even if boyfriend does have some legal right to allow you to live there over mom's objection - you shouldn't, Now if you talk to mom and convince her to give it a try - that's a different story but to basically 'force your way in' over her objection is trashy and classless. Best of luck.
Q. can my husband divorce me without my knowledge?
A: It is possible. Under certain circumstances (especially if you are trying to purposefully dodge service), he can get divorced and the only notice to you would be a very small ad in a newspaper that is very highly unlikely for you to ever see. Of course if he used this method fraudulently to purposely avoid you getting proper notice to screw you over, you could likely have such a divorce set aside.
Q. Need a Lawyer, but Can Not Afford One
A: If you are "dead broke" - who cares if she makes threats to make you "financially suffer"? What it sounds like you need to do is simply separate (not live together) and likely also have no or minimal contact. Do that for one year and you are eligible for divorce. Divorce is fairly cheap - $395 gets the job done from start to finish for most people and you don't have to do much more than provide some information and review and sign a simple 3 page divorce complaint. You can get more information at If you can't afford $395 we do have personalized divorce forms and instructions so you can do your own divorce for $95 but this will not save you any money at all (and in fact will likely cost you more) unless you truly are 'dead broke' and also eligible to have court cost waived.
Q. How many days do I have legally to leave my home that was my mothers before she passed in NC?
A: The same as any tenant - you have to be evicted which takes much longer than 2 weeks. If your step brother tries to change locks or otherwise violate your rights, you should take appropriate legal action against him.
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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