Orange County, North Carolina Family Lawyers

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Derrick J Hensley
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Orange County, NC Family Law Lawyer with 7 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...
John Miskey IV
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Orange County, NC Family Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(919) 401-0062 111 Cloister Court
Suite 200
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Family and Divorce
State University of New York - Buffalo
John G. Miskey IV is a board certified specialist in Family Law and leads the Firm’s Family Law department. He has maintained an interest in Family Law, families and policy throughout his educational and professional career. Originally from Buffalo, New York, attended Niagara University for his undergraduate studies. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2002. During his undergraduate years, he was recognized for his proficiency in moot court competitions and composed his Honors Thesis on the expanding specialty court trend. Mr. Miskey obtained his J.D. from The State...
Laura E Kastner
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Orange County, NC Family Law Attorney with 4 years experience
(919) 401-0062 111 Cloister Court
Suite 200
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Family and Divorce
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Laura Kastner, born in Bethesda, Maryland, grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina. She graduated from North Carolina State University with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Apparel and Textile Marketing Management. During her time at N.C. State, she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority and a member of Sigma Tau Sigma Textiles Honor Society. She graduated from the university with honors and spent six semesters on the Dean’s List. Ms. Kastner went on to attend The University of North Carolina School of Law, where she received her Juris Doctor degree in 2015. In law school, she was...
Valeria Cesanelli
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Orange County, NC Family Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(919) 923-1577 209 Lloyd St
Suite 120
Carrboro, NC 27510
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Attorney Val Cesanelli handles family law cases for our firm, with a focus on child custody cases and matters arising out of the process of separation and divorce, such as separation agreements and questions of spousal and child support. Val also handles other family related cases, such as paternity actions, legitimations, name changes and changes in birth certificates, as well as provides drafting services of powers of attorneys and simple wills.

Val is as much a litigator as she is a counselor at law for her clients. As a mother of three children and three stepchildren, Val is both professionally and...
Susan Franklin
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Orange County, 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....
Melissa Averett
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Orange County, NC Family Law Attorney with 20 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.
Kelly Fairman
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Orange County, NC Family Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(919) 358-4927 891 WIllow Dr. Suite 7
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
North Carolina Central University School of Law
Kelly was born and raised in North Carolina, and currently lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina with her wife and daughter. Kelly has worked with the seriously mentally ill, at risk youth, troubled families, domestic violence aggressors and victims and as an intake counselor for a four county area in NC. She has extensive training as a mediator As an attorney, she has represented defendants with serious felony offenses through negotiated pleas or jury trials to verdict. She has represented a wide variety of clients in negotiated and litigated family law matters and believes that negotiation should always be pursued...
Justin P Nichols
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Orange County, NC Family Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(919) 903-9442 50101 Governors Drive
Suite 150
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Campbell Law School
Attorney Justin Nichols practices family, personal injury, and criminal law in Chatham, Orange, Durham, and Wake Counties. He joined Averett Family Law in 2012, after practicing in the fields of personal injury defense, workers’ compensation, and complex construction litigation.

Justin has extensive experience in the courtroom litigating cases, as well as helping clients negotiate out-of-court settlements. He has handled cases before state administrative agencies, the state superior and district courts, the North Carolina Justin Nichols Associate Attorney Pittsboro Siler City Court of Appeals, and the federal district court.

Justin graduated cum laude from Campbell University School of Law in Raleigh, North Carolina,...
Grant Stephen Scheuring
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Orange County, NC Family Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(919) 880-2284 1340 Environ Way
3rd Floor
Chapel Hill,, NC 27517
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Elon University School of Law
Grant S. Scheuring is a solo practitioner dedicated to protecting your rights in both criminal and civil issues. He is licensed to practice law only in North Carolina and his practice is focused primarily in the triangle area of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and moved to NC in 2006 to complete his education.
Mr. Ron Cooley
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Orange County, NC Family Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(919) 245-1300 2203 Rhonda Road
www.cooleylaw.com
Hillsborough, NC 27278-7087
Family, DWI, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Alexander French
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Orange County, NC Family Law Attorney with 1 year experience
(919) 903-9442 50101 Governors Dr #150
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Family, Appeals and Domestic Violence
University of North Carolina School of Law
Ann Shy
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Orange County, NC Family Law Lawyer
Room 200
118 East Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Divorce
Sarah A. Carr
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Orange County, NC Family Law Lawyer
(866) 980-1888 P.O. Box 505
Carrboro, NC 27510
Family
Orange County, NC Family Law Attorney
1829 E Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Family and Divorce
Orange County, NC Family Law Lawyer
(919) 969-8767 111 Macrae Ct
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Family, Criminal, DWI and Divorce
Orange County, NC Family Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
105 Strowd Ln
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Estate Planning
Orange County, NC Family Law Attorney
306 Pitch Pine Ln
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Family, Criminal, DWI and Divorce
Orange County, NC Family Law Attorney
(919) 338-8200 118 E Main St
Carrboro, NC 27510
Family, Business, Divorce and Real Estate
Orange County, NC Family Law Lawyer
(919) 929-0323 410 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Family, Criminal, DWI and Divorce
Orange County, NC Family Law Lawyer
(919) 932-4593 1829 E Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Family, Business, Divorce and Immigration
Julianna Woodmansee
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Durham County, NC Family Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(919) 403-0900 3001 Academy Road Suite 120
Durham, NC 27707
Family and Divorce
University of North Carolina School of Law
For over 21 years, Julie has effectively advocated for individuals in family law matters in Durham and Orange County courts. As a mediator and Collaborative Divorce practitioner, she is a skilled and experienced negotiator, using creative problem-solving techniques to achieve excellent results for her clients. Julie graduated from UNC Law School in 1990. Following her association with the Durham law firm of Pulley, Watson, King & Lischer, she established her own family law practice in 1997. Julie focuses on finding practical, efficient solutions to her clients' legal problems. She helps her clients minimize financial...
Barbara Szombatfalvy
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Durham County, NC Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
3001 Academy Road, Suite 120
Durham, NC 27707
Family and Divorce
North Carolina Central University School of Law
Barbara graduated from the North Carolina Central School of Law with honors in 2005. She was an Associate with the family law firm of Donna Ambler Davis in Chapel Hill before she established her own family law practice in May, 2008. Barbara works to establish strong, positive relationships with her clients and helps them navigate the emotional upheavals of divorce, achieve financial stability, and reduce the stress that divorce places on children. Whether in negotiation or litigation, she is a tough and determined advocate working to protect the best interests of her clients. In 2013, she completed training as...
Martha New Milam
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Durham County, NC Family Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(919) 401-5151 3710 University Drive, suite 201
Durham, NC 27707
Family and Divorce
Laurel Solomon
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Durham County, NC Family Law Attorney with 30 years experience
(919) 687-4577 5322 Highgate Drive
Suite 142
Durham, NC 27713
Family, Collections and Divorce
Duke University School of Law
Keith Bishop
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Durham County, NC Family Law Lawyer
(919) 490-1855 1802 Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway
Suite 105 Madison Centre
Durham, NC 27707
Family and Divorce
Wiley Nickel
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Wake County, NC Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(919) 585-1486 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...
Barri Payne
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Durham County, NC Family Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(919) 808-2826 1911 Hillandale Road
#1030
Durham, NC 27705
Family
University of North Carolina School of Law
Barri Hilton Payne was born in High Point, North Carolina and grew up in Davidson County. She attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she majored in Religious studies and Sociology. Barri practiced for the last twelve years as a founding partner in the firm Brock, Payne & Meece, P.A. before opening her own solo law and mediation practice in 2013. Barri was involved with the Holderness Moot Court while in law school at UNC and earned her law degree in 1999. She has practiced in Durham, North Carolina since that time and concentrates her practice on...
Sharon Thompson
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Durham County, NC Family Law Lawyer with 43 years experience
(919) 883-4900 113 Broadway St.
Durham, NC 27701
Family
In 2012, Sharon Thompson became Of Counsel to NicholsonPham. She has been in private practice since 1976 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of family law, including all aspects of adoption and family formation through assisted reproduction and surrogacy; estate planning, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney and probate administration; and LGBT legal issues. In 2010, Sharon became the first female attorney in North Carolina to be accepted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. A significant portion of Sharon’s practice has been devoted to providing advice and services to LGBT...
Gray Ellis
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Chatham County, NC Family Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(919) 679-9400 27 Hillsboro Street
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Family, Divorce and Estate Planning
North Carolina Central University School of Law
Ellis Family Law, PLLC was founded in 2002 by board certified attorney Gray Ellis with the singular goal to provide the very best legal representation to North Carolinians facing challenging family law issues. Since that time, the firm has successfully represented hundreds of husbands, wives, children, grandparents, and other family members in courts across the state. Our work has not gone unnoticed as the firm has earned awards from both national and local organizations such as Super Lawyers, North Carolina’s Legal Elite, and Best of Durham.
Kathy Williams Richardson
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Durham County, NC Family Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(919) 680-2300 2310 S. Miami Blvd
Suite 134
Durham, NC 27703
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
Wake Forest University School of Law
I help people who are facing felony and misdemeanor criminal and traffic charges and driver’s license revocations. I also represent people on a wide array of family law issues such as Separation and Divorce, Child Custody and Support, and Alimony and Equitable Distribution, and I assist landlords and tenants with residential and commercial leasing disputes. I have been a criminal defense attorney since the beginning of my career. I worked as an Assistant Public Defender in both Gaston and Durham Counties, before I decided to move to private practice and left the Public Defender’s office to...
Annie Edmond
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Durham County, NC Family Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(919) 937-9920 900 Broad Street
Durham, NC 27705
Family and Criminal
North Carolina Central University
Annie Edmond is licensed to practice law in Florida and North Carolina. She is committed to the idea that no one should be lost in the shuffle of justice and continuously strives to advocate for her clients. Ms. Edmond is continuously involved in the community by assisting in pro bono efforts through Legal Aid, Justice Mattes and Wills for Heroes. Ms. Edmond received her Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University School and her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the University of Florida. While in law school, she was an active member of the Public Interest Law Organization,...
Dorothy C O'Neill
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Durham County, NC Family Law Attorney
(919) 688-9631 112 East Main Street
Durham, NC 27701
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Education
Foil Law Offices is a law firm specializing in family and juvenile law, serving Durham, Orange, Alamance, and Chatham counties since 1976. Foil Law Offices has offices in Durham and Hillsborough North Carolina. The attorneys at Foil Law Offices practice law relating to marriage, divorce, alimony, child custody (including grandparent custody) and support, equitable distribution, enforcement of support, domestic violence, legitimation, and adoption. Foil Law Offices has successfully represented clients at the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court.
Rhonda Kelley
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Durham County, NC Family Law Lawyer
(919) 236-3011 2216 S. Miami Blvd
Ste 204
Durham, NC 27703
Family and Divorce
Peter Johnston
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Durham County, NC Family Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(919) 455-3800 100 E. Parrish Street
Suite 100
Durham, NC 27701
Family, Criminal, DWI and Personal Injury
Brooklyn Law School
Kimberly Mantooth Lott
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Durham County, NC Family Law Attorney
(919) 502-0282 4900 NC Highway 55 Suite 160-167
Durham, NC 27713
Family
Orange County, NC Family Law Attorney
(919) 644-0021 106 N Churton St
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Family, Criminal, DWI and Divorce
Orange County, NC Family Law Attorney
(919) 967-7225 25307 Ludwell
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Family, Divorce and Personal Injury
Orange County, NC Family Law Lawyer
(919) 493-6351 205 Providence Rd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Family, Divorce, Elder and Estate Planning
Orange County, NC Family Law Lawyer
127 Timberhill Pl
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Family and Divorce
Orange County, NC Family Law Lawyer
(919) 933-0950 1717 Legion Rd
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Family and Divorce
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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.


No-Fault Proceeding: A civil case in which parties may resolve their dispute without a formal finding of error or fault.

Paternity Suit: A lawsuit to determine the father of a child whose parents were not married when the child was born.