Accomplished Family Law Attorneys Serve Clients in the Raleigh Area
Knowledgeable litigators help protect the rights of spouses and children
When family conflicts threaten you and your loved ones, you deserve strong guidance from a dedicated attorney who can help you emerge successfully. At Howard, Green & Moye, LLP in Raleigh, our lawyers have more than 80 years of combined experience representing clients throughout North Carolina in all types of family law matters. We have the knowledge and background to find successful solutions to legal challenges involving divorce, child custody, adoption, domestic violence and other difficult household issues.
Skilled North Carolina divorce lawyers provide comprehensive counsel
Deciding to divorce is never easy, but with the right legal representation, you can move through the process confidently. We will explain each legal aspect of divorce, including:
- Filing and grounds — North Carolina is a no-fault divorce state that allows spouses to file for marriage dissolution if they have lived apart for at least 12 months without reconciliation. To file, one party must have been a state resident for at least 180 days.
- Divorce from bed and board — This arrangement is more like a legal separation because it does not terminate a marriage. When one spouse leaves the home or another specified factor exists, such as substance abuse, we help clients who choose this status.
- Equitable division — When a couple divorces and cannot agree on how to divide marital property, courts review various circumstances to arrive at a fair solution, though the division is not always an equal split. Our firm has extensive experience helping to forge property agreements even in complex matters where issues such as business valuation are involved.
- Alimony — If one spouse is financially dependent on the other, judges may consider up to 16 factors to determine whether payments should be made to that spouse after the marriage ends. These include the length of the marriage, each party’s earning ability, and whether a husband or wife committed marital misconduct.
Our lawyers understand that the time and cost associated with a divorce can make a tough situation worse. Accordingly, we resolve many cases through mediation, but we are always prepared to defend your rights in court.
Dedicated advocates pursue fair child custody and visitation terms
Whether married or not, parents who break up have a legal and moral duty to support their minor children. In custody matters, we always make every effort to reach suitable arrangements through consensus, even if other aspects of a divorce are disputed. If no agreement can be reached, courts are required to determine what is in the child’s best interests. Whenever possible, joint custody arrangements are preferred, but if special circumstances exist, we will present a complete overview of the child’s safety, emotional, and educational needs. To help maintain strong parent-child bonds, we negotiate detailed visitation agreements when one parent is awarded physical custody.
Law firm helps spouses preserve assets with prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
By establishing clear, fair prenuptial or postnuptial agreements, couples can avoid stress and expense in the event they choose to end their marriage. We understand the sensitive nature of these discussions and always provide guidance that acknowledges each party’s rights and goals. Our firm works with you to draft and execute a marital agreement that safeguards key assets and averts the possibility of costly disputes later on.
Contact an accomplished North Carolina family law attorney
Howard, Green & Moye, LLP represents clients throughout the Raleigh metro area in a full range of family law matters. Please call 919-516-9277 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with one of the attorneys at our Raleigh office.