Dec is a native New Bernian and returned to New Bern after law school as a fourth generation attorney to join the family law firm that was started by his great-grandfather, Alfred Decatur Ward, and began practicing with his father, Alfred Decatur Wardgrandfather, William Farrior Wardand uncle, Kennedy W. Ward. He initially practiced in multiple areas of the law involving extensive litigation before deciding to limit his practice to Family Law more than 25 years ago.Dec has successfully mediated and settled hundreds of Family Law cases, utilizing his negotiation and litigation skills acquired in over 38 years of practicing law. Dec's success in representing clients and serving as a mediator in Family Law matters has resulted in his being selected by his peers as one of the top lawyers in North Carolina in Family Law (Legal Elite) and being recognized and selected to be included in the Best Lawyers in America.At the DEC WARD FAMILY LAW & MEDIATION CENTER, we offer an atmosphere conducive to resolving difficult situations in a setting that is both client-friendly and attorney-friendly. We strive to make your mediation experience as pleasant and positive as possible. Our conference rooms are spacious and comfortable, and are at opposite ends of the building, allowing privacy and confidentiality for the parties and attorneys. Additionally, we have conference rooms for use by the attorneys as break-out rooms, with internet access and a laser printer. The center has ample parking and is easily accessible, both from downtown New Bern, and from other areas via Highway 70. If it is not convenient for parties to travel to our Mediation Center, Dec will travel to other locations in Eastern North Carolina for mediations. In addition to handling mediations where both parties are represented by attorneys, Dec will also mediate cases where one or both parties are representing themselves.