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E. Parker Herring

E. Parker Herring

E. Parker Herring is a Board Certified Family Law Specialist who has practiced family law for nearly 30 years in the Raleigh area. In private practice since 1988, she was a partner at Raleigh firm Johnson Mercer Hearn Vinegar & Gee until she started her own firm in 1999. She’s a member of the NC Bar Association, the Wake County Bar Association, and the NC Collaborative Lawyers.

A mother of three children, Parker has a deep respect and understanding of family law and the adoption process (for which she’s adopted two children of her own). She is the founder and director of A Child’s Hope, a North Carolina licensed adoption agency located in Raleigh that focuses on helping birthmothers and families looking to adopt. A Child’s Hope has placed 315 children since 2000 and is the only North Carolina domestic adoption agency directed by an attorney. Parker even started a nonprofit for advocating for legislative changes, “Friends of Adoption,” and lobbied successfully in 2001 for dramatic changes in North Carolina Adoption Law.

A Raleigh resident since she was young, Parker lived on her grandparents farm until she was four, then moved to Raleigh with her parents and she’s loved it ever since. She attended Wake County public schools, graduating from Sanderson High School in 1971, before attending the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, graduating with a B.A. in Journalism in 1975. Before embarking on a career in law, she worked at Duke Medical Center from 1977-1981 as a medical writer, and attended Wake Forest University School of Law, graduating in 1985.

Active in her community, Parker is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education seminars, and businesses and groups on assisted reproduction and adoption. She’s served on numerous Wake County boards and committees such as Chairman of Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies, Past President of Wake County Family Lawyers Association, Member of the Board of Wake Mediation, Past President of the Women’s Center of Wake County, founder and a Board Member of Hopeful Parents, and a Member of the Board of Trustees of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. Most recently she co-founded a community swim team “The Mudpuppies” a TSA swim team that swims at Meredith Townes Swim Club.

Email Parker at pherring@foryourlife.com

Posts by E. Parker Herring

  • How to Survive an Interstate Adoption - Adopting a child from another state requires strict adherence to the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) guidelines. The stress and added expense of adopting from another state can be overwhelming. Nevertheless, there are ways you can plan ahead so that an interstate adoption is less stressful and less expensive. One of the ... more
  • birth certificate adoption name mother process Birth Certificates and Adoption — It’s About Family - You have done a lot of work to be recognized as your child’s “legal parents”  — a homestudy, post placement visits, matching with a birthmother, placement and then filing an adoption petition etc. The last step before you can apply for a social security card for your child is to obtain a birth certificate with ... more
  • divorce custody tender years doctrine raleigh Divorce, Custody, and the “Tender Years” Doctrine — It’s About Family - One of the first questions that parents ask when starting the breakup of a marriage is “What will happen to the children?” It used to be that mothers received primary physical custody of children, especially with younger kids, and the fathers received alternate weekends from Friday nights through Sunday night. The “tender years doctrine” (that the mother ... more
  • taxes-tax-form-marriage-divorce-raleigh Taxes Associated with Divorce — It’s About Family - Separation and divorce have “hidden” tax issues that can be traps for couples. Below are a few “traps” to avoid and some general information regarding the tax consequences associated with separation and divorce. Filing Taxes When You are Separated: The IRS allows couples to file jointly as if they were still living together as long ... more
  • surrogacy adoption twins family law raleigh Surrogacy Adoption and Twins — It’s About Family - It’s always a very special holiday season for any family when there is a newborn in the house. But when there are two newborns as twins, and the twins were carried by a surrogate who is their aunt, well as you might expect there is even more magic and excitement in the air. When 34-year-old ... more

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E. Parker Herring

E. Parker Herring

E. Parker Herring is a Board Certified Family Law Specialist and has practiced family law for nearly 30 years. She is also the director of A Child’s Hope, a North Carolina licensed adoption agency.

Email Parker at pherring@foryourlife.com

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Bobby D. Mills, a partner at Herring & Mills PLLC, is a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law. A member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorney’s, Bobby’s practice is almost entirely devoted to adoption law.

Email Bobby at bmills@foryourlife.com