Divorce and Family Law
Our experienced family law attorneys represent clients in Guilford, Randolph, Alamance, Rockingham and surrounding counties in all aspects of litigation. Our attorneys have the experience to handle all aspects of divorce and family law matters from beginning to end. Two of the firm’s members are Board Certified Specialists in Family Law.
The divorce and family law attorneys in our firm have extensive experience both in the courtroom and out, and represent clients in areas including:
Child Support: Whether it is establishing, modifying, enforcing or terminating child support, our experienced child support attorneys can assist you. In most cases, child support is determined using the North Carolina Child Support Guidelines as a basis. However, there are circumstances where a deviation from those guidelines is appropriate. Our child support attorneys have experience in representing parents for both guideline child support cases and non-guideline child support cases.
Collaborative Law - Family Law: In some instances, the parties involved may choose to participate in the collaborative law process, which allows attorneys and both parties to pursue a creative, constructive settlement process with the intention of avoiding litigation. Our divorce and family law attorneys are experienced in representing clients in collaborative law matters.
Child Custody & Visitation: Our attorneys are experienced in representing clients in initial child custody and visitation determinations, as well as for motions to modify child custody or visitation. In an initial child custody and visitation determination, the court must create a custody or visitation plan based on what is in the best interest of the minor child involved. In a motion to modify child custody or visitation, the court must first determine if there has been a substantial change in circumstances affecting the welfare of the minor child since the entry of the last court order before creating a plan based on what is in the best interest of the minor child. Our divorce and family law attorneys are experienced in representing clients in initial child custody and/visitation determinations, as well as modifications of current orders.
Divorce/Absolute Divorce: In North Carolina, a party is entitled to an absolute divorce if he or she has been separated from a spouse for one full calendar year; it was the intention of at least one of the parties that the separation be permanent at the time it occurred; and one of the parties has resided in North Carolina for more than six months prior to the institution of the divorce action. North Carolina law does not require that spouses enter into a separation agreement to be considered separated for purposes of obtaining an absolute divorce.
50-B, 50-C, Domestic Violence: Whether you are seeking, have sought or have been awarded a 50-B Domestic Violence Protective Order, or a 50-C Civil No Contact Order, or you have had a 50-B Domestic Violence Protective Order or 50-C Civil No Contact Order issued against you, our experienced divorce and family law attorneys can help represent you through all stages of your case.
Equitable Distribution: Equitable distribution is often a complex issue which can involve the division of real estate, businesses, personal property, retirement accounts, bank accounts, debts and numerous other items. Our divorce and family law attorneys are highly experienced in the area of complex equitable distribution.
Premarital/Prenuptial Agreements: Our divorce and family law attorneys are experienced in drafting and negotiating premarital and prenuptial agreements. They also handle matters in which the validity of premarital/prenuptial agreements is at issue and such agreements are set aside through negotiation, mediation or litigation when the fairness of the agreement is at issue or the circumstances under which the agreement was signed gives rise to claims of duress, undue influence or similar grounds for nullification of such an agreement.
Separation Agreements and Property Settlement Agreements: Separation Agreements and Property Settlement Agreements are a mechanism whereby separating couples can settle all rights and issues arising from and relating to their marriage and subsequent divorce. They are an effective mechanism that many separating couples choose instead of engaging in litigation. Our divorce and family law attorneys also can assist you with enforcement of the terms of your Separation Agreement and/or Property Settlement if your spouse is not complying with the terms to which you previously agreed. Our attorneys are also experienced in challenging the validity of such agreements which may have been entered into under circumstances that render them subject to being set aside, such as fraud, undie influence, duress or similar grounds.
Alimony/Post-separation Support/ Spousal Support: Alimony and post-separation support are the forms of spousal support available to a dependent spouse in North Carolina. To be entitled to alimony and post- separation support, you must show you are a dependent spouse, your spouse is a supporting spouse, and the supporting spouse has the ability to pay spousal support to the dependent spouse. There are a number of facts that the court can consider when deciding whether a dependent spouse is entitled to alimony or post- separation support. Our attorneys who work in the areas of divorce and family law have extensive experience in negotiating and litigating post-separation support and alimony matters.
Experience Matters in Divorce and Family Law
Few things are as emotional and stressful as a divorce or separation. An experienced divorce and family law attorney can help you understand your legal rights, provide objective advice and protect your interests, as well as those of your children. Our goal is to provide our clients with timely service, clear and consistent communication and a clear understanding of their options.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our divorce and family law attorneys, and to learn more about his or her experience in this area.