Practice Areas

Absolute Divorce
An absolute divorce is the process of terminating the relationship between husband and wife after the parties have been separated for one year. Obtaining an absolute divorce does not resolve issues of custody, support, alimony, property division or other issues.  

An adoption is a process that terminates the relationship between a child and his or her biological mother or father and allows a third party to assume that status. Step-parent adoptions are the most common form of adoptions.

Alimony/Post Separation Support
These forms of support provide financial assistance to the dependent spouse in a marital relationship. This is determined at the discretion of a district court judge, if the parties are unable to agree.

An annulment is a process of voiding a marriage. It is not a substitute for an absolute divorce. There are limited grounds upon which this claim can be based.   

Child Custody
If the parties cannot agree upon a custodial arrangement, the district court judge awards primary custody to the parent in the child’s best interest.

Child Support and Child Support Arrears
Child Support is calculated by a formula.  It takes into account the gross incomes of both parents, child care expenses, health insurance premiums, extraordinary expenses of the minor child and other factors. 

Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Protective Orders serve to protect those who have been physically assaulted, threatened, harassed or stalked may seek protection in the form of a Domestic Violence Protective Order pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. §50-B.  

Equitable Distribution
Equitable Distribution is the legal means to divide properties and debts accumulated during a marriage. Property is not divided according to title.

Grandparent Visitation Rights
Grandparents, in certain circumstances, have rights to see their grandchildren.  These rights are not guaranteed and are determined at the discretion of a district court judge.

Premarital Agreements
These are contracts between fiancées before a wedding ceremony. These agreements protect the separate property of each party, their future marital property and other related issues.  

Separation Agreements
These are contracts made between spouses who intend on separating. They deal with the division of property and debts, custody/visitation, child support, alimony and other issues.   

Termination of Parental Rights
This is the process whereby the rights of a biological parent to his or her minor child are terminated. Terminations are granted only when there are legal grounds AND it is in the best interest of the minor child.  

Third Party Custody Rights
Primary custody of a minor child may be awarded to a non-biological parent if the child’s biological parents have neglected their constitutionally protected duties.  

To explore your rights further and to learn more about these issues, please contact us to schedule an initial consultation.

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