Edenton, North Carolina Family Lawyers

Greenville, NC Family Law Attorney
(252) 321-2020 1698 E Arlington Blvd
Greenville, NC 27858
Family, Divorce and Real Estate
Rocky Mt, NC Family Law Lawyer
(252) 442-8669 3300 Sunset Ave
Rocky Mt, NC 27804
Family, Criminal, DWI and Divorce
Snow Hill, NC Family Law Attorney
(252) 747-7400 208 N Greene St
Snow Hill, NC 28580
Family, Criminal, DWI and Divorce
Morehead City, NC Family Law Lawyer
(252) 726-9050 1107 Bridges St
Morehead City, NC 28557
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Divorce
Rocky Mt, NC Family Law Attorney
105 Foy Dr
Rocky Mt, NC 27804
Family and Divorce
Greenville, NC Family Law Lawyer
(919) 265-0800 321 Evans Street, Suite 200
Hendrix Building
Greenville, NC 27835
Family
Morehead City, NC Family Law Attorney
(252) 240-2200 700 Arendell St
Morehead City, NC 28557
Family, Criminal, DWI and Divorce
Wilson, NC Family Law Lawyer
(252) 291-7232 113 Nash St E
Wilson, NC 27893
Family, Business, Divorce and Estate Planning
Morehead City, NC Family Law Attorney
(252) 726-9933 405 Arendell St
Morehead City, NC 28557
Family, Divorce and Personal Injury
James Williams Hart
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Cary, NC Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(919) 460-5422 1143-B Executive Circle
#101
Cary, NC 27511
Family and Divorce
Ohio State University - Columbus
We believe in providing useful and free information to the public so that they can make informed decisions about their case. If you are considering a legal separation or divorce in North Carolina, visit our website for more information and resources, including divorce videos, how to guides, and more.

On a personal note, I am a husband and father and live in Cary, North Carolina with my family, our spoiled black lab Lucy, and three lazy cats. When I'm not in the office, I love to stay active, be outside, and spend time with my family.
Amanda Bowden Houser
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Jacksonville, NC Family Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(910) 333-9679 1007 Hargett Street
Suite 2
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
North Carolina Central University School of Law
The Houser Law Firm, P.C. is a Professional Corporation and full service, General Practice law firm located in Jacksonville, that serves Onslow Jones and surrounding counties in South Eastern North Carolina. We know that in these tough economic times, saving money where ever possible is important to most people. Our philosophy has always been to provide our clients with prompt, courteous and professional legal services at an affordable fee. While we never compromise on our legal professionalism, we do strive to manage our cost and expenses so that we can offer high quality legal services at fees...
Angela L. Haas
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Raleigh, NC Family Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(919) 783-9669 5100 Oak Park Rd.
Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27612
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Estate Planning
Campbell Law School
Angela L. Haas, of Haas Tharrington, PA, is an experienced family law attorney and mediator, who serves both traditional and non-traditional families in every aspect of family law, estate planning and administration. A double-major honors graduate of Appalachian State University and Campbell Law School, Angela is dedicated to working with each client to develop creative and effective solutions to protect themselves and their families. Ms. Haas offers a refreshing perspective on the challenges and opportunities that each client faces, and seeks to take advantage of the best legal and practical solutions available in each case.
Ronnie D. Crisco Jr., Esq.
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Charlotte, NC Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(704) 370-2828 200 N McDowell St
Charlotte, NC 28204
Family, Business, Criminal and Divorce
University of North Carolina School of Law
Born and raised in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Ronnie Crisco is a proud alumnus of A.L. Brown High School. He graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a degree in Public Policy Studies. In 2002, he received his law degree with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005. While in law school, Mr. Crisco competed nationally as a member of the UNC Mock Trial Team, assisted indigent clients through the UNC Civil Legal Assistance Clinic, and served as editor on the UNC Journal of Law and Technology.

Mr. Crisco is a Board Certified Specialist in Family...
Robert Anthony Hartsoe
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Greensboro, NC Family Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(336) 701-6550 7 Corporate Center Court
Greensboro, NC 27408
Family, Business, Collections and Divorce
Washington University School of Law
To R. Anthony “Tony” Hartsoe, the law has always felt like a calling, not a job. He loves helping people through some of the toughest moments in their lives. With a family of his own and work experience that dates back to when he was 12 years old, Tony can relate to many of his clients and utilizes his knowledge to aggressively represent them with strength and integrity. He received his Bachelor of the Arts Degree from Oral Roberts University before attending Washington University School of Law. Tony graduated with a Juris Doctor Degree in 1994. Attorney Hartsoe has worked...
Ketan Soni
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Charlotte, NC Family Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(704) 375-8488 1001 Morehead Square Drive
Suite 450
Charlotte, NC 28203
Family and Divorce
Wake Forest University
I represent clients going through divorce and family law issues, including separation agreements and prenuptial/premarital agreements, alimony, equitable distribution, child support and custody. I mediate cases for spouses that cannot reach a resolution on their own. My divorce practice across North Carolina gives me a wide range of experience on how judges rule.

I created a free downloadable North Carolina Child Support Calculator which reflects North Carolina's statutes. This can be found at http://hullandchandler.com/child-support-calculator

Other attorneys also hire me to mediate their clients' disputes prior to going to court. I advance the practice and knowledge of law for my colleagues...
Steve Mansbery
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Raleigh, NC Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(919) 821-4711 150 Fayetteville Street
Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27601
Family and Divorce
Case Western Reserve University
Steve Mansbery joined Tharrington Smith in 2006 after earning his law degree from Case Western Reserve University. Prior to law school, Mr. Mansbery attended the University of Kentucky, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Finance, with Departmental Honors, and graduated magna cum laude. He is a Board Certified Family Law Specialist by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.

Mr. Mansbery has been appointed to the Wake County Bar Association and the Tenth Judicial District Bar Professionalism Committee every year since 2009. He was recognized as a “Rising Star” in North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine for the years...
Bryant Paris
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Raleigh, NC Family Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(919) 832-5577 16 West Martin Street
Suite 204
Raleigh, NC 27601
Free ConsultationFamily, Business and Divorce
University of Mississippi
Need a Raleigh Family Law or Contract Litigation Attorney? Call Bryant Paris today at (919) 832-5577.

Since 2002, Bryant has represented people from all walks of life across North Carolina as well as small businesses in a wide-variety of civil and criminal law cases. Through the years, he worked tirelessly to obtain just results for his clients in an effort to put them in a position to move on with their lives after their cases are resolved. Bryant uses his vast experience gained from actual courtroom hearing and trial experience, as well as in arbitration and mediation, to...
Dustin S.  McCrary
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Mooresville, NC Family Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(704) 593-6688 181 N Main St
Suite 218
Mooresville, NC 28115
Family, Criminal, DWI and Divorce
North Carolina Central University
Divorce is tough. There’s no way around it. Divorce is stressful, intensely emotional, and overwhelming. It is the perfect storm of problems, from determining child custody arrangements, divvying up assets, and untangling previously tangled lives.

There’s where I come in. I’m Dustin McCrary, a divorce lawyer focusing on the needs of divorce and separation, child custody, child support, alimony and spousal support, property distribution, and domestic violence. And I’m here to help.

My clients would tell you that I have the natural ability to put them at ease. I have a calming presence and genuinely care about every person I meet. I’m...
Carolyn J. Woodruff
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Greensboro, NC Family Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(336) 272-9122 420 W Market St
Greensboro, NC 27401
Family, Appeals and Divorce
Duke University School of Law
Carolyn has practiced family law for more than 20 years, helping North Carolina family law clients achieve their individual objectives with every case she takes. She is the managing shareholder of Woodruff Family Law Group in Greensboro, North Carolina, is a board-certified Family Law Specialist, and concentrates her legal practice in the areas of family law and divorce. She is very experienced in complex equitable distribution, business valuation in divorce, complex custody, alienation of affection, domestic violence, alimony, child support, grandparents' rights, and other areas falling within family law, such as termination of parental rights and adoption.
Christopher Adkins
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HUNTERSVILLE, NC Family Law Lawyer
(704) 274-5677 9620 Sherrill Estates Rd
HUNTERSVILLE, NC 28078
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Oklahoma City University School of Law
Practice Area Breakdown:
80% Family Law - separation, divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, equitable distribution
20% Estate Planning - wills, living wills, trusts, power of attorneys

I am a native of Charlotte and graduated from Myers Park High School. After college and law school, I moved back to Charlotte and served as a police officer, and as an officer in the N.C. Army National Guard. I focus my law practice primarily on family law and estate planning.

I live in Huntersville with my wife and our four children. We both have children from previous relationships, and one child together. I thoroughly...
Daphne Edwards
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Raleigh, NC Family Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(919) 838-7106 2301 Rexwoods Drive
Suite 118
Raleigh, NC 27607
Family, Appeals and Divorce
Golden Gate University School of Law
For all of your divorce needs, call Daphne Edwards at 919-901-7336. Ms. Edwards practices divorce and family law, including alimony, post separation support, custody, child support, and property division. Ms. Edwards has over two decades of experience and is dedicated to helping each client achieve his or her goal for the most affordable cost, whether through negotiation, mediation, or trial. Ms. Edwards and the client are a team and the client's goals are central to the strategy. Ms. Edwards believes divorce is a difficult and stressful time for her clients and that it is important to offer support...
Jason David Witt
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Monroe, NC Family Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(704) 493-6851 110 E Jefferson St
Monroe, NC 28112
Family, Bankruptcy, Criminal and Divorce
Wake Forest University School of Law
Kenneth Love
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Greensboro, NC Family Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(888) 465-1891 301 N Elm Street, Suite 260
Greensboro, NC 27103
Family, Bankruptcy and Foreclosure Defense
University of Cincinnati College of Law
I am originally from Fort Bragg, North Carolina. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from North Carolina Central University in 2003 with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Psychology. I obtained my Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2006. I than began work with Legal Aid of North Carolina. While at Legal Aid, I served as a staff attorney representing clients in housing, employment, education, and consumer matters. I also served as the director of Legal Aid’s statewide Bankruptcy team. In October of 2011, I began work with Mike Lewis Attorneys. There...
Ashley E Lorance
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Gastonia, NC Family Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(704) 864-3236 223 W. Main Ave. Suite C
Gastonia, NC 28203
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Personal Injury
Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
I am an attorney in Gastonia, NC, practicing family law, personal injury. I also handle will preparation and traffic matters.

Before practicing law, I lived and worked in several different countries. I taught English as a second language in Germany and France. In the United Kingdom, I worked in the personal injury department of a Scottish law firm.

Since I started practicing, I have devoted my energy to trying to efficiently resolve family law cases and to get the best recovery possible in personal injury...
Bobby D. Mills
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Raleigh, NC Family Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(919) 306-2899 4600 Marriott Drive
Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27612
Family
Wake Forest University School of Law
Bobby Mills is the principal in the Law Office of Bobby D. Mills, PLLC and a Fellow in the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Bobby is an experienced adoption lawyer and Board Certified Specialist in Family Law. Since 1991, Bobby has concentrated in adoption, surrogacy, family building, and family law related matters. His clients are adoptive parents, birth parents, and individuals seeking to build their families through surrogacy and other assisted reproductive technologies.. He formerly co-directed a private adoption agency and has represented adoption agencies and professionals. He has extensive experience in agency and independent adoptions, stepparent, relative and grandparent...
Kelli Y Allen
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Charlotte, NC Family Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(704) 727-4900 10150 Mallard Creek Rd. Suite 105
Charlotte, NC 28262
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Immigration
Charlotte School of Law
The Law Office of Kelli Y. Allen provides personalized, professional legal and mediation services.

Kelli represents immigration clients worldwide. Her immigration law practice focuses on family-based visas, adjustment of status, consular processing, unlawful presence waivers, naturalization, DACA, U-visas, removal of conditions, and some non-immigrant employment visas. Kelli is a member of the American Immigration Lawyer's Association and previously clerked with the Charlotte Immigration Court.

Our North Carolina elder law practice consists of long-term care planning, asset protection, establishing long-term care Medicaid eligibility without having to "spend down", preparation and submission of NC long-term care Medicaid applications, and representation before the...
Angela McIlveen
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Raleigh, NC Family Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(877) 351-1513 434 Fayetteville St.
Suite 2300
Raleigh, NC 27601
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Case Western Reserve University
Angela McIlveen is the CEO and Co-Founder of McIlveen Family Law Firm.

The first thing you will notice when you meet Angela McIlveen is that she genuinely cares about her clients and the clients of the Firm.

Maybe it’s because she remembers going through her parents’ nasty divorce when she was 6 years old. Angela knows that her parents' divorce impacted her life. Angela McIlveen remembers growing up with her dad when kids didn’t grow up with their fathers and she says it definitely shaped her life. In case you are wondering, no her mom wasn’t a bad person. Her...
Jammie Lynn Wacenske
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Raleigh, NC Family Law Lawyer
(919) 335-5291 127 West Hargett Street
Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27601
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
North Carolina Central University School of Law
If you are facing a divorce or child custody matter, you are probably feeling overwhelmed. Where you previously may have been able to resolve your family matters internally and privately, you must now retain the help of a legal representative to protect your (and your children’s) best interest in the public court system. Finding someone with the right mix of emotional support for you during this very difficult time, while at the same time being relentless in their fight to protect you is harder then you may think. Jammie Wacenske is a proven advocate with a soft...
Jonathan D. Csuka
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Greensboro, NC Family Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(336) 272-9122 420 W Market St
Greensboro, NC 27401
Family, Appeals, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Wake Forest University
Jonathan, a director at Woodruff Family Law Group since 2006, has practiced family law for over 10 years, and is certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a Family Law specialist. Jonathan focuses on the areas of custody, divorce, and property division, including retirement. He received his JD from Wake Forest School of Law.
Patrick McCroskey
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Asheville, NC Family Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(828) 258-3368 47 N Market St
Asheville, NC 28801
Family and Divorce
University of North Carolina School of Law
I began my practice in 1995, and shortly thereafter became a sole practitioner until July 2000 when I merged my practice into the firm of Gum, Hillier & McCroskey. I have been asked by many people why I practice in the area of family law and have often questioned this myself. The answer lies in the fact that when people come to me for assistance, they are often at a difficult crossroads in life, with choices to make that can dramatically alter their future. It is a time that I, as an attorney, can have a significant and positive...
Mark Sullivan
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Raleigh, NC Family Law Attorney with 43 years experience
(919) 832-8507 600 Wade Ave
Raleigh, NC 27605
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Mark E. Sullivan is the principal of Law Offices of Mark E. Sullivan, P.A. in Raleigh, North Carolina. A retired Army Reserve JAG colonel and a Board-Certified Specialist in Family Law, Mr. Sullivan is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the author of The Military Divorce Handbook, (ABA, 2nd Ed. 2011).

He was co-founder of the military committee of the North Carolina State Bar in 1981, and he has been a member of the committee or its director ever since. He is a past chair of the Military Committee of the ABA Family...
Linda Sayed
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Wilmington, NC Family Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(910) 763-2727 310 North Front Street
Suite 200
Wilmington, NC 28401
Family and Divorce
Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law
My practice is restricted to family law issues such as adoption, annulment, divorce, child custody, child support, postseparation support, alimony, equitable distribution, separation agreements, premarital agreements and enforcement of court orders. I am certified by the NC State Bar as a Family Law Specialist in family law. I received the AV preeminent peer review rating from Martindale Hubbell; NC Business Legal Elite for family law; Super Lawyers for family law; rated 10.0 by Avvo.
Casey Christine Fidler
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Raleigh, NC Family Law Attorney with 2 years experience
(919) 821-4711 150 Fayetteville Street
Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27601
Family and Divorce
Wake Forest University School of Law
Casey Fidler grew up in Huntersville, North Carolina. She graduated with Highest Distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication with a second major in Political Science. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Wake Forest University School of Law and is licensed to practice law in North Carolina.

While in law school, Casey served as the Executive Editor of the Wake Forest Law Review and was a member on the Moot Court Board. She was also a student advocate in the Elder Law Clinic. Throughout her time...
Brian S. Demidovich
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Raleigh, NC Family Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(919) 424-8319 211 E. Six Forks Road
Suite 205
Raleigh, NC 27609
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Cleveland State University
Brian Demidovich is the Managing Member of The Law Corner. In 2001, Brian moved to Raleigh, North Carolina after he graduated from Cleveland Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. After spending the first five years in corporate law and as a partner in a litigation law firm, Brian created The Law Corner in 2006. The Law Corner was created with one simple, but important, core principal: customer service. Brian firmly believes the legal profession IS a service industry. That is why since 2006, Brian has offered an initial $99.00 consultation and established...
Mary Aiken Barrow
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Raleigh, NC Family Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(919) 821-4711 150 Fayetteville Street
Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27601
Family
Campbell Law School
Mary Aiken Barrow, a Raleigh native and Broughton graduate, is a partner at Tharrington Smith. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law.

Prior to joining Tharrington Smith in 2012, Ms. Barrow earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006 and subsequently received her law degree from the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University in 2012. During her time at Campbell Law School, Ms. Barrow served as a member and as submissions co-editor of the Law Review. Additionally, she was a family law research assistant for Professor Jean...
Adam D. Furr
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Greensboro, NC Family Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(336) 272-9122 420 W Market St
Greensboro, NC 27401
Family, Appeals, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Elon University
Adam, a director at Woodruff Family Law group, has been practicing family law since 2012. Adam is considered a caring and compassionate attorney by his clients, and it is the time he spends preparing clients for mediation or court and helping to educate them on local law that satisfies him the most. For Adam, it’s seeing his clients smiling and enjoying life again that makes it all worthwhile.
Jeremey Poindexter
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Charlotte, NC Family Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(704) 334-7897 301 South McDowell Street
Suite 814
Charlotte, NC 28204
Family and Divorce
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Jeremey Poindexter has been practicing law in the Upstate for more than 11 years. He has focused the majority of his practice on family law. He has handled a full range of family law cases including simple divorces, complex high net-worth divorces, custody actions, grandparents’ rights cases, DSS cases, and termination of parental rights cases. He is married to his wife, Katie, and they have two children, Calvin and Adia.

When Calvin was born, he was diagnosed with Down syndrome. This has led Jeremey to focus much of charity work on issues dealing with disabilities. He has served on the...
Dmitriy Panchenko
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Matthews, NC Family Law Lawyer with 2 years experience
(704) 900-7675 1114 Sam Newell Road
Ste B
Matthews, NC 28105
Family, Business, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Charlotte School of Law
Whether civil or criminal, the legal process can be very frustrating, intimidating, and the outcome may seem too uncertain. As such, Dmitriy understands the importance of maintaining prompt communication and step-by-step comforting guidance. He also strongly believes that every case is defensible and that every client deserves the utmost dedication and attention.

Dmitriy graduated from UNC Charlotte, Magna Cum Laude, with a degree in Finance. He further attended the Charlotte School of Law and graduated Cum Laude. Dmitriy now works as a Managing Partner at Biazzo & Panchenko Law, PLLC, and serves Charlotte and surrounding areas (Mint Hill,...
James Stroud
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Winston-Salem, NC Family Law Attorney with 38 years experience
(336) 724-2600 102 West Third Street
Suite 650
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Family, Business, Elder and Estate Planning
Wake Forest University School of Law
Keith Stroud is a 25+ year veteran of the practice of law. Keith supports businesses in the Triad, spouses going through a separation and divorce, individuals and couples through estate planning, executors and administrators handling the estate of a loved one, and seniors and their family members in long term care and asset protection matters. He provides a straightforward and comprehensive approach to legal representation, and offers unique solutions designed to meet the goals of his clients.

While Keith’s practice is structured to help his clients avoid litigation, he is first and foremost a trial lawyer. His civil and past criminal...
Joshua W Goodman
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Charlotte, NC Family Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(980) 819-0021 301 South McDowell Street, Suite 506
Charlotte, NC 28204
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Charlotte School of law
Growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina I learned to focus my energy on finding a solution rather than worrying about the problem. This mindset inevitably led me to my profession as an attorney. I graduated from the University of South Carolina with a business degree in Economics. I immediately began work in the financial field helping people navigate the world of small business loans. The following year I received the Fourth Ward Scholarship to attend Charlotte School of Law. While attending Charlotte School of Law I had the opportunity to gain valuable experience through internships with the Mecklenburg...
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Dealing with family law issues?

Family law generally concerns domestic relations and family-related matters such as marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, adoptions, paternity, guardianships, domestic abuse, surrogacy, child custody, child abduction, the dissolution of marriage and associated issues. Each state has its own set of family laws, and traveling across state borders can sometimes affect your rights and those of your family.

Contrary to popular belief, seeking the advice of a family law attorney does not necessarily mean that something is amiss in your family. A family law attorney can help negotiate prenuptial/premarital agreements for clients in anticipation of marriage or advise same-sex couples on relevant legal issues affecting their relationship. They also can help with adoption proceedings and other procedures involving children.

Family law attorneys often do represent clients seeking a divorce, annulment or legal separation, and the complicated issues that can arise as a result. Although domestic abuse is a criminal offense, some family law attorneys are skilled at handling these situations, as they are often entangled with other family law issues.

Some jurisdictions certify lawyers as family law specialists, which means these attorneys have met the certifying body's minimum requirements for education, experience, and examination.


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