Franklinton, North Carolina Family Lawyers

Jammie Lynn Wacenske
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North Carolina Family Law Lawyer

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... Read More »
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Angela McIlveen
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North Carolina Family Law Attorney with 12 years experience

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... Read More »
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Jonathan David Breeden
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Experienced family law attorney will fight for you. Free consultation. Call now!

I’m an experienced family law attorney and I represent clients throughout Raleigh. I provide thoughtful guidance, personal attention, and help you and your family throughout your case. Read More »
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Lawrence Edward Tickle Jr.
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Louisburg, NC Family Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(919) 496-1201 206 S. Main Street
Louisburg, NC 27549
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Campbell Law School
Lawrence founded Tickle Law Office in 2013 after graduating from Campbell University School of Law and passing the North Carolina State Bar. Lawrence earned his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from East Carolina University in 2010 as well as his Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Public Administration from Liberty University in 2015. Lawrence served in the United States Marine Corps after high school where he learned the essential leadership and management skills necessary to be successful as a zealous advocate for his clients. A native of Reidsville, NC, Lawrence now calls Franklin County home. He prides himself...
Gena Walling McCray
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Louisburg, NC Family Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(919) 497-0091 215 Court Street
P.O. Box 492
Louisburg, NC 27549
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Estate Planning
University of South Carolina School of Law
Ms. McCray loves the practice of law and enjoys helping people. She was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina and attended South Carolina College (the University of South Carolina's honors college) receiving undergraduate degrees in English and Psychology. Ms. McCray graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in Columbia, South Carolina. During law school, she clerked for Judge C. Tolbert Goolsby at S.C. Court of Appeals and interned one summer in Raleigh for the North Carolina Family Policy Council where she gained intimate knowledge of the legislative process in North Carolina. During her third year, she clerked...
Thomas Henry Clifton
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Louisburg, NC Family Law Lawyer
(919) 497-0056 114 E. Nash Street
P.O. Box 66
Louisburg, NC 27549
Family, DWI, Estate Planning and Personal Injury
Glenn S. Doyle Esq.
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Raleigh, NC Family Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(888) 600-8834 9051 Strickland Rd.
Suite 121
Raleigh, NC 27615
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
Campbell University
Family Law and Divorce attorney with 16 years of experience. Lecturer for over 5 continuing legal education seminars teaching other attorneys about family law and divorce.
Mary Lifson Hilbert
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Raleigh, NC Family Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(919) 256-3970 5986-A Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Washington University School of Law
Ms. Hilbert only handles domestic law cases such as Custody, Domestic Violence, Child Support, Alimony or Post-Separation Support, and Property Distribution. She handles cases in Wake County, North Carolina. Her focus is on you, the client, as you go through one of the most difficult times of your life. At the Raleigh Divorce Law Firm we know what matters most, and we're here to help. Please let us know if we can be of service to you.
Christine Savitski Eatmon
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Wake Forest, NC Family Law Attorney
(919) 435-0565 1788 Heritage Center Drive
Suite 204
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Campbell University
David Hinson
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Raleigh, NC Family Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
8341-101 Bandford Way
Raleigh, NC 27615
Family and Estate Planning
New England Law | Boston
The Law Offices of David Hinson is a general practice law firm focusing primarily on family law, including collaborative divorce law, in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Law Offices of David Hinson provides high-quality, cost-efficient, effective legal services to protect your rights and help you navigate the challenges and complexities of your legal needs. Whether you are facing divorce, separation, child custody or child support disputes, or simply have questions about your divorce or custody issue, call the Law Offices of David Hinson to schedule a consultation and learn more about how you can put our experience and dedication to...
Katherine Ann Frye
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Raleigh, NC Family Law Attorney
(919) 846-8807 162 Mine Lake Court
Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27615
Family
Daniel Flebotte
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Creedmoor, NC Family Law Attorney
(919) 435-2267 PO Box 886
Creedmoor, NC 27522
Family
Raleigh, NC Family Law Attorney
(330) 328-4381 3113 Benton Cir
Raleigh, NC 27615
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Estate Planning
Raleigh, NC Family Law Lawyer
2017 Carrbridge Way
Raleigh, NC 27615
Family, Business, Divorce and Real Estate
Raleigh, NC Family Law Lawyer
(919) 676-5770 7000 Harps Mill Rd
Raleigh, NC 27615
Family and Divorce
Raleigh, NC Family Law Lawyer
(919) 676-5273 8601 6 Forks Rd
Raleigh, NC 27615
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Personal Injury
Raleigh, NC Family Law Attorney
(919) 850-9199 5617 Departure Dr
Raleigh, NC 27616
Family, Divorce, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Creedmoor, NC Family Law Lawyer
(919) 575-4564 1136 Teal Ct
Creedmoor, NC 27522
Family, Criminal, DWI and Divorce
Raleigh, NC Family Law Lawyer
5834 Faringdon Pl
Raleigh, NC 27609
Family, Divorce and Real Estate
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...
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...
Angela L. Haas
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Raleigh, NC Family Law Attorney with 17 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.
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.
Wiley Nickel
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Cary, NC Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(919) 650-2851 2401 Weston Parkway
Suite 101
Cary, NC 27513
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Pepperdine University School of Law
Committed to defending your Legal Rights! Wiley lives and works in Cary, North Carolina. In 1998, he graduated from Tulane University with a major in Political Science and a minor in History. After college Wiley went to work for Al Gore and travelled with the Vice President as part of his national advance staff. Following the Gore campaign he earned his law degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 2005. While in law school Wiley worked as a law clerk in the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office where he gained valuable criminal...
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...
Melissa Averett
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Chapel Hill, NC Family Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(919) 903-9442 50101 Governors Drive
Suite 150
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
North Carolina Central University School of Law
I love practicing law. Guiding clients through the stress and upheaval of divorce, a custody battle or the aftermath of a death in the family is position of trust that I take seriously. Drafting an amicable separation agreement, or completing an adoption efficiently with as little drama as possible is equally important. I have been a NC Certified Family Law Specialist since 2009. My law firm handles divorce, custody, child support, alimony, property division, grandparents' rights, domestic violence, tort claims and personal injury, prenuptial and separation agreements, estate planning and administration in Chatham, Orange and Durham counties.
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...
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...
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...
Derrick J Hensley
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Durham, NC Family Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(919) 480-1999 180 Providence Road
Suite 180
Durham, NC 27514
Family, Appeals, Immigration and Juvenile
North Carolina Central University School of Law
Derrick Hensley is a Child Welfare, Family, and Immigration lawyer who focuses on high-quality, individualized representation. Derrick founded his own firm in order to develop real relationships with his clients, and to pursue causes where he can make a difference. Derrick is dedicated zealously advocating for his clients and to fostering an open, communicative attorney-client relationship based on trust and honesty. Derrick practices in several interrelated fields, including general family law (divorce, child custody, adoption, etc.), child welfare proceedings (DSS Court), and limited areas of immigration. Derrick is experienced in various kinds of appeals, and is able to pursue...
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...
Alice Stubbs
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Raleigh, NC Family Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(919) 821-4711 150 Fayetteville Street, Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27601
Family and Divorce
University of North Carolina School of Law
Alice C. Stubbs is a partner in the firm. She joined Tharrington Smith in 2006 after having served for eight years as a Wake County District Court judge. First appointed in 1997 by Governor Jim Hunt, she was elected to the judgeship in 1998 and 2002. During her time on the bench, Ms. Stubbs presided primarily in domestic court. She was certified as a juvenile judge in 2001 and was designated and presided as a family court judge from 2002 until she came to Tharrington Smith.

Ms. Stubbs is a native of New Bern. She graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover,...
Jaye Meyer
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Raleigh, NC Family Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(919) 821-4711 150 Fayetteville Street
Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27601
Family, Appeals, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
North Carolina Central University School of Law
Jaye Meyer is listed in the Best Lawyers in America® and North Carolina Super Lawyers®. Ms Meyer received the Super Lawyers award for Top 50 Women Lawyers in North Carolina from 2010-2014, and Top 100 Lawyers in 2011. She has been recognized by Business North Carolina magazine as one of the “Legal Elite” in North Carolina. Ms. Meyer is a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law, a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and is certified as a Family Financial Mediator.

Ms. Meyer was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 1990. She received her B.A. cum laude from...
Kathleen Putiri
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Raleigh, NC Family Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(919) 307-7885 4242 Six Forks Road
Suite 1550
Raleigh, NC 27609
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Campbell University
It doesn’t take more than a phone call to learn that this Asheville native is a tenacious, straight-talking lawyer who won’t back down from your fight.

Kathleen has an uncanny ability to meld unembellished honesty with compassion. You will always know what to expect on the road ahead–and no matter the challenge–you’ll feel confident knowing Kathleen is on your team.

After graduating from Campbell University Law School, Kathleen worked alongside some of the most respected family law attorneys in the Triangle. Absorbing her colleagues’ tenured wisdom and meshing it with her own style, Kathleen has helped clients find hope–even when they had...
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...
William J. Vasquez
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Raleigh, NC Family Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(919) 335-7593 1029 Dresser Court
Raleigh, NC 27609
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Immigration and Workers' Comp
North Carolina Central University
William Vásquez is a native of Queens, NY. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 2000-2007. He is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and received the Joint Service Achievement Medal for his work as a Spanish linguist for the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2005. William graduated from Campbell University in 2007 with a degree in computer science. He earned his J.D. in 2011 from the North Carolina Central University School of Law. His practice areas include immigration law and criminal defense cases. He is licensed and in good standing with the State Bar of North Carolina and...
Lynn P Burleson
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Raleigh, NC Family Law Lawyer with 39 years experience
(919) 821-4711 150 Fayetteville Road, Suite 1800
P.O. Box 1151
Raleigh, NC 27602
Family
Wake Forest University School of Law
Lynn Burleson is a native of Albemarle, North Carolina. He was admitted to the practice of law in North Carolina after receiving his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his Juris Doctor degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law. Before joining Tharrington Smith, Mr. Burleson served as a district court judge and was a partner in the law firm of Kilpatrick Stockton. He has served as an adjunct professor of law for the Wake Forest University School of Law and High Point University....
Ryan M. Tarrant
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Raleigh, NC Family Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(919) 829-2639 3737 Glenwood Avenue
Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27612
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Campbell Law School
Ryan M. Tarrant opened TARRANT FAMILY LAW in January 2018 after working several years as an associate for two local family law practices. He earned his undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and law degree from Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, where he received honors in Family Law. Ryan has been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star and in Best Lawyers in America and has been a speaker at several Continuing Legal Education Seminars for Family Law attorneys.
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...
Susan Franklin
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Chapel Hill, NC Family Law Attorney with 40 years experience
(919) 942-0800 The Exchange West at Meadowmont
1414 Raleigh Road, Suite 290
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Family and Divorce
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Susan has been practicing law for over 34 years and brings a wealth of expertise to the negotiating table as well as to court. Susan earned her credentials as an arbitrator from the Better Business Bureau, Washington, D.C. She is a Certified Family Financial Mediator by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Committee and she is certified by the North Carolina Superior Court, Dispute Resolution Commission to mediate Superior Court cases and Equitable Distribution of Marital Property matters. Since 1997, Susan has focused her practice on Family Law, working with clients to resolve conflict through Mediation, Collaborative Law, and Litigation....
Ann-Margaret Alexander
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Cary, NC Family Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(919) 380-1001 523 Keisler Dr
Cary, NC 27518
Family, Divorce and Estate Planning
North Carolina Central University School of Law
Since my admission to the Bar, I have devoted my practice to helping my clients in family law matters, including custody, support, property division, divorce, adoptions, wills, estates and probate. I often deal with people at the most difficult times of their lives whether it is through a divorce or the loss of a loved one. With a combination of patience, experience and knowledge I am able to help my clients resolve his/her case with the best possible outcome.
Sean McIlveen
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Raleigh, NC Family Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(877) 351-1513 434 FAYETTEVILLE ST STE 2300
Raleigh, NC 27601-2942
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Houston - Main Campus
Sean McIlveen is a Partner Attorney and Co-Founder of McIlveen Family Law Firm.

When Sean McIlveen is not in the courtroom, he spends his time building custom furniture. Sean grew up in Gastonia, N.C. and graduated from UNC-Charlotte with a degree in B.A. He attended Wake Forest University School of Law and graduated from the University of Houston with his J.D.

Sean McIlveen is also the author of two books on child custody and he is often asked to speak at events. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the Gaston County Bar Association. Sean...
Jonathan David Breeden
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Raleigh, NC Family Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(919) 230-4125 891 Washington St
Raleigh, NC 27605
Family, Criminal and Divorce
Campbell Law School
At Breeden Law Office, we help our clients deal with difficult legal problems in the areas of family law, criminal defense, estate matters, and contracts. Legal problems can take you by surprise and seem overwhelming. The consequences of divorce, criminal charges, or business disputes can change your life in an instant. Our job is to guide you through the process and seek out the best resolution. Clients throughout North Carolina rely on the business, criminal and family law attorneys at the Breeden Law Office to provide help and hope when neither seems possible.
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