Kenneth R. Harris Jr.

Kenneth R. Harris Jr.

Arnold & Smith PLLC
  • Family Law, Divorce, Domestic Violence
  • North Carolina
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Mr. Harris was born and raised in Charlotte along with his eight brothers and sisters. After attending Piedmont Open Middle, he attended and graduated from Woodberry Forest School in Orange, Virginia. Mr. Harris then attended Duke University, where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Before attending law school, Mr. Harris taught ninth and tenth grade World History in Limestone, Tennessee and Rome, Georgia, where he was also a Resident Dorm Master and coached various sports teams, including the 1999 Lacrosse State Championship team.

Mr. Harris attended Duke University for law school, where he participated on a National Moot Court team and graduated magna cum laude. After graduation, Mr. Harris was chosen to clerk for the Honorable Frank W. Bullock, Jr., United States District Court Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina. Upon completion of his clerkship, Mr. Harris moved back to Charlotte to work as a commercial litigator before becoming a Juvenile Defense Attorney on the Children's Defense Team at the Council for Children's Rights. For almost a decade, Mr. Harris represented children under 16 accused of crimes, children in mental health proceedings, or advocated for juvenile rights through our legislature and community groups.

When Mr. Harris is not working, he enjoys spending some not-so-quiet time with his wife, Sarah, their five children, and two dogs.

Practice Areas
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights , Victims Rights
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
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  • English
Professional Experience
Arnold & Smith PLLC
- Current
Kennedy Law Associates PLLC
Cordell & Cordell
Council For Children's Rights
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP
Duke University School of Law
J.D. (2002)
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Activities: Moot Court team
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Duke University
B.A. (1994) | History
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Articles & Publications
From Corporations to Kids: An Attorney’s Transition
Juvenile Defense and the ‘Electronic Juvenile’: Sexting, Cyber-Bullying, and Social Media – Oh My!
The Case of the Owner Who Said Too Much
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Legal Answers
1 Questions Answered
Q. My 16 yr old in NC left home over a month ago and now wants to obtain her personal belongings, do I have to give it back
A: If your child is 16 and not emancipated, she is considered a "minor". Therefore, she does not actually "own" (legally) any of the items in your possession. On the other hand, if she wishes to return to your home, she can (and should, under the law) be allowed to do so - she is your responsibility as a parent.
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Arnold & Smith, PLLC
Union County office
114 West Jefferson Street
Monroe, NC 28112
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Telephone: (704) 370-2828
Fax: (704) 370-2202
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Charlotte Office
The Historic John Price Carr House
200 N McDowell St
Charlotte, NC 28204
Telephone: (704) 370-2828
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