Greensboro Family Law Matters
Family Law for Real People
Do you need a legal representative to advocate for your interests and advise you about your rights in a case involving North Carolina family law? If so, you should consult an experienced lawyer from the Law Office of Stephen E. Robertson, PLLC. With over 20 years of combined legal experience, you can count on our team of experienced attorneys to guide you through your family law dispute.
We have experience handling the following family law issues:
Helping Families Get Through Their Divorce
Divorce is one of the most emotionally involved and resource-intensive family law disputes. The simplicity or complexity of your divorce depends on the specific circumstances of your case—such as how long you and your spouse were married and whether you had any children together. Typically, divorce proceedings involve several family law issues beyond the dissolution of your marriage.
There are four common issues in most marital dissolution cases:
- Equitable Distribution (splitting up marital assets and liabilities upon divorce)
- Spousal support
- Child Custody
- Child Support
If you and your spouse have no children, there are only two issues. If you and your spouse have no children and earn similar incomes, you likely have only one issue to resolve. You have two basic options: start settlement discussions from the start or file suit. Even if one party files suit, the overwhelming number of cases settle before trial.
Solutions Beyond Litigation
Most cases of all kinds settle before the parties ever get to court. You and your spouse can agree to settle all of the issues resulting from a separation and make a private agreement instead of battling it out in court. There are many paths to settlement.
If you and your spouse are unable to reach an agreement without the help of a third party, there are at least two excellent up-front mediators our firm has worked with. I will be happy to recommend them to you. There are other mediation approaches discussed below. Up-front mediation is different in that no suit is ever filed. The parties sit down with the mediator and compile a list of agreed-upon deal points, which are reduced to a few pages. The parties then each hire his and her own lawyer to convert the deal into a formal contract.
Under North Carolina law, with few exceptions, all child custody cases will go to mediation. As soon as a child custody case is filed in court, the parties are ordered to attend a form of mediation provided by the State at a very low cost.
Custody mediation involves three steps – attend an educational class called “Parenting Under Two Roofs,” attend mediation orientation, then attend the mediation itself. Your lawyer will not attend the mediation session with you, but you should review the agreement with your attorney after the session. Successful child custody outcomes depend on the parents’ ability to see the world through their children’s eyes. An excellent video below is providing insight into the way children see things.
Also, under North Carolina law, you will be required to mediate the spousal support (if any), child support, and property distribution claims. This mediation is private, lawyers participate, and the mediator, a lawyer, charges typical lawyer fees.
Consult a Attorney in Greensboro
At , you can benefit from the tenacity and experience of our lawyers. Our legal team has more than two decades worth of collective legal experience negotiating and litigating matters arising from North Carolina family law. We offer compassionate legal representation geared towards finding personalized solutions for your case.