Getting Things Right The First Time
If you are facing a divorce, you might be tempted to focus on just getting through. You might want to get the cheapest lawyer you can find or even represent yourself through the divorce process. However, the divorce does not end at the close of the litigation. The results of the property division, child custody, support orders, and every other aspect of the divorce decree, will last for years to come.
If you do not get things right the first time, it can be very difficult to go back and readdress issues. This can be much more costly and time consuming than getting it right the first time. I will educate you on your rights and options, so you can make informed decisions that will protect your interests and the interests of your children for the long-term.
As a Charlotte divorce law attorney with more than 25 years of experience, I can help you get it right the first time. I represent clients throughout Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, in divorce-related issues, with a particular focus on:
- Child support: I can help make sure you have a child support order that is equitable and that provides for your child’s needs.
- Child custody: Parenting plans can be particularly contentious in a divorce. I will help make sure you have adequate time with your child to protect the parent-child relationship.
- Divorce judgments: You need to live separate and apart for twelve months before getting a divorce judgment. I will assist you in getting this final court order so you can move forward in your life.
- Separation agreements: Parties often experience less stress, lower costs, and a greater sense of satisfaction when working out agreements regarding property division, spousal support, child custody and child support issues. I can help negotiate and prepare these agreements and work to avoid contentious court battles.
- Division of property: Dividing up the assets and debts from a marriage can have long term effects on a person’s quality of life and credit. I can work with you to develop a plan which is fair and equitable based upon your personal circumstances.
- Spousal support/alimony: When parties become separated, sometimes short term or long term financial support becomes an important issue so that each party can maintain their own households. Whether you are the primary financial provider or are dependent on your spouse for financial support, I will work with you so your personal expenses and needs can be met.
In North Carolina, you must be separated for twelve months before you can get a judgment of divorce, but issues such as property division, custody & support can be resolved prior to the divorce judgment. In an effort to minimize the stress of divorce and protect the children during the process, I focus on finding solutions rather than adding to conflict whenever possible. However, when these solutions are not available, I have a wealth of experience in divorce litigation, so I am fully prepared to defend my clients’ interests in the courtroom.