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Apple Payne Law is excited to announce a few changes that have come to our website to help make it easier for clients to access and hire a lawyer, especially for simple matters!   First, we have integrated new online booking links through Calendly that will allow new clients to book appointments online with the [...]
It is no secret that separation and divorce are stressful events, and that stress only increases when there are children involved. Kids add an extra, complicated layer of custody and child support. That extra layer requires negotiations and agreements, examining your schedules, possibly hiring child care assistance, and wrestling with how your family is going [...]

The First Steps After Divorce

  • By: Bill Apple
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Finally, after months (or in some cases, years!) of working your way through the process of separation, dividing your property and debt, and divorce, you take a deep breath, and sigh. But for many, that sigh is not one of relief, but rather one that arises out of a sense of loneliness and uncertainty.  You [...]

Practicing Gratitude

  • By: Suzy Carpenter
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During my divorce, I read a lot of books about maintaining your mental health through the divorce process. Many suggested practicing gratitude, recognizing things in your life for which you are grateful.  While it isn’t a cure all for the roller coaster of emotions one goes through while ending a marriage, it brings to light [...]
Prenuptial or premarital agreements (also knowns as “prenups”) have been given a bad rap. They are seen as something that only people with a ton of money should get or, even worse, as an omen for divorce. It’s time to bust those two myths! Basically, a prenup is an agreement that a couple makes before [...]

Sparking Joy, My Way

  • By: Suzy Carpenter
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It’s hard not to be aware of the whole “sparking joy” movement.  If it wasn’t Marie Kondo’s best selling Life-changing Magic: A Journal : Spark Joy Every Day book, it’s her new series, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” on Netflix.  Her programs show everyday people using her techniques to downsize, minimalize and create peaceful environments. [...]
Raven Ash, Associate Attorney
Apple Payne Law is excited to announce that Mr. Raven Ash has joined Apple Payne Law as an associate attorney after running his own law firm for nearly half a year. Raven is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law, where he was awarded the North Carolina Advocates for Justice Award, and achieved [...]
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Apple Payne Law, PLLC is honored to announce that firm attorney & partner Ronald D. Payne II was selected for the third straight year to the North Carolina Family Law Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to [...]
Ron Payne, 2018 Super Lawyers Rising Star North Carolina
Apple Payne Law, PLLC is honored to announce that firm attorney & partner Ronald D. Payne II was selected for the second straight year to the North Carolina Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this [...]
Our firm frequently gets questions about adoption in North Carolina and we hope to answer some of the more common questions here for you! First, does your firm handle adoptions? YES! We handle ALL kinds of adoptions at Apple Payne Law, PLLC – from the more simple step-parent or relative adoptions to complicated interstate adoptions [...]