November 11, 2016

Relocation of a Parent: Minimizing the Effects on Children

Posted By: Ward Black Law

The end of a relationship can be one of the most stressful times in a person’s life. For many individuals, starting over means moving. Whether it be for a new job, to live closer to family, or simply in the name of a new beginning, relocation is fairly common after a relationship has ended.

Unfortunately, when children are involved, relocation presents some challenges. Moving to a new neighborhood within the same city is typically not a problem; however, when looking to leave the area or move to a new state, child custody laws come into play.


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June 14, 2016

A Father’s Rights: FAQs on Child Custody

Posted By: Ward Black Law

Father and daughter in natureChild custody disputes can bring on immense stress. As a father, you genuinely want to find the best situation for your kids, but getting there is not always simple. High emotion, a lack of knowledge, and poor decision making has hurt many dads in court, causing them to lose custody completely or settle for an arrangement may not ultimately be in the children’s best interest. While your rights are equal to the mother’s in the state of North Carolina, you must act in a way that leverages and protects those rights. Consider these common questions for building a strong custody case.


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March 1, 2016

Understanding Separation and Property Agreements

Posted By: Ward Black Law

2016-03-01Does navigating the divorce process have your head spinning? With so many documents to keep track of, you may feel like you’re lost in a sea of paperwork with no light to guide you home. No one wants to hear that they need yet another document to finalize the process. While the separation agreement is not required for you to become legally separated, it is wise to consider how this important piece of paper may be of benefit to you down the road. We sat down with our own Divorce & Family Law Attorney, Afi Johnson-Parris, to answer some of your most common questions about separation agreements.


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November 5, 2015

10 Tips for Handling Your Divorce Case

Posted By: Ward Black Law

No one ever plans to go through a divorce. For this reason, when people realize that their marital issues cannot be resolved, they typically have little to no knowledge of how to handle their case. Furthermore, the emotional stress of ending a relationship can cloud logic, allowing important details to slip through the cracks.

Consider these ten tips for handling your divorce and successfully starting the next chapter of your life.


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June 3, 2015

Ward Black Law’s Afi Johnson-Parris Elected Greensboro Bar Association President for 2015-2016

Posted By: Ward Black Law

Afi LargeWard Black Law is pleased to announce that our very own Afi Johnson-Parris has been elected President of the Greensboro Bar Association (GBA) for the 2015-2016 term. The GBA has more than 800 members. As a long-time member of the Association, she has served in many capacities, including newsletter editor, board member, and chair of the Legal Aid Fundraiser committee. Johnson-Parris gladly accepted the nomination of the GBA nominating committee (comprised of past presidents and other members) for president-elect last April. Her term as president begins on June 1, 2015.

A native of Newport News, Va., Johnson-Parris moved to Greensboro with her husband and two children in 2006. She is a 2002 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and a published member of its Law Review. Ms. Johnson-Parris attended the University of Miami on a ROTC scholarship and graduated in 1994 with a BBA in Computer Information Systems.  Before law school, Johnson-Parris served her country as an officer in the Air Force and earned an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix – Southern Colorado Campus. She is now a board-certified family law attorney with additional focus in veterans disability.

On stepping into the office of GBA president, Johnson-Parris reflects, “It is such an honor to lead in this capacity. I’ll be working to provide meaningful membership for Greensboro lawyers and programs that encourage them to be their best.”

The GBA exists to promote excellence in the legal profession. Through monthly meetings, members are provided a forum for collaboration, fostering collegiality among the city’s lawyers and promoting the administration of justice. Johnson-Parris will plan and preside over the monthly meetings and coordinate community projects through the GBA committees.

“It is my job to make sure the meetings offer relevant speakers, as well as an opportunity for attorneys to fellowship,” she said. “I hope to send members back to their practices refreshed, informed, and ready to play an active role in the community.”

The association gives back to the Greensboro community through service projects such as building Habitat for Humanity homes, donating books to local school children, cleaning up parks, feeding the hungry and more.

“I expect to continue and expand upon this service during my tenure, reaching even more people than we have in years past,” Johnson-Parris stated.  

As president of the GBA, Johnson-Parris will actually serve in three leadership positions. She will be president of the GBA Foundation, the Association’s charitable arm, and the 18th Judicial District Bar, which covers all lawyers in Guilford County as an entity of the North Carolina state bar. Whenever there is a vacancy for a judicial seat, 18th Judicial District members meet with possible candidates and vote to select the top candidates whose names are then recommended to the Governor for selection. Because the public does not vote for judicial appointments, it is a responsibility that Johnson-Parris will not take lightly.

Johnson-Parris says her largest focus areas for 2015-2016 will be community impact and member engagement. She is excited to adopt a signature pro bono project for the GBA to assist individuals in obtaining expunctions of criminal records and she plans to expand the GBA day of service. This event sends member-volunteers to different community agencies to complete service projects in a day.

“We have the opportunity to positively impact our community as a whole,” she stated. “Through my presidency, I hope to help our members celebrate the privilege we have to practice and serve.”


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February 20, 2013

Afi Johnson-Parris Named to Legal Elite 2013

Posted By: Ward Black Law

Afi Johnson-Parris-interiorTriad attorney Afi Johnson-Parris, the latest addition to Ward Black Law’s growing legal team, has been named one of the state’s 2013 “Legal Elite” in Family Law by Business North Carolina Magazine. Johnson-Parris has more than 10 years’ legal experience, and her experience includes the areas of veterans disability, divorce & separation, adoption, child custody and support, along with other areas of family and civil law.

Attorneys recognized as Legal Elite are selected by their peers using a statewide ballot. Each year, Business North Carolina mails ballots to every member of the State Bar living in NC (more than 19,000 members), asking them a simple question: Of the Tar Heel lawyers whose work you have observed firsthand, whom would you rate among the current best in these categories? To learn more about the selection process, visit the BNC Legal Elite website: http://www.BusinessNC.com/LegalElite.


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