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North Carolina Family Attorney Handles Divorce and Child Custody Disputes

Skilled attorney represents clients in Cabarrus, Iredell, and Mecklenburg counties

The last thing you need to worry about during a family legal conflict is the stress that comes with trying to find good legal counsel. You deserve someone who will passionately defend your rights and those of your family, and I will do just that. At David Self Family Law and Mediation in Huntersville, I represent clients in North Carolina in a range of family law matters. When you’re the parent of minor children and your marriage ends, custody and support need to be taken into consideration, and you need a skilled attorney who is experienced enough to handle every possible situation. I know that family matters and offer strong advocacy designed to help you and your loved ones move forward.

Courteous Huntersville attorney supports you through divorce

In North Carolina, “absolute divorce” refers to a judge’s written court order granting divorce without either party having to allege fault by the other. In an absolute divorce, the couple must have been separated for at least a year, and one of the spouses had to have resided in the state for at least six months. But couples may also allege fault based on several grounds, including incurable insanity, abandonment, and cruel treatment. Whether you seek a simple, uncontested divorce or will need to battle your spouse in court, I will help you through every step of your divorce proceeding, to uphold your rights and protect your assets. I also represent clients in matters involving:

  • Same-sex divorce — North Carolina made same-sex marriage legal in 2014, and while some couples have been living together prior to the law being passed, North Carolina is not a common law marriage state, so even a committed relationship that lasted years before marriage legalization does not have official recognition in the state. When taking the marriage into consideration during divorce proceedings, only the date of the marriage certificate will be used.
  • Alimony — In some cases after a marriage ends, payments can be ordered to a spouse who is unable to financially support themselves. While there are many factors that can affect alimony decisions, I can help you figure out what might best suit you if this circumstance applies, whether you are asked to pay or hope to receive spousal support.
  • Property division — North Carolina is an equitable distribution state, which means the court divides marital assets and debts based on what the judge believes to be fair. While “fair” does not always mean “equal,” I will assist you throughout this process to ensure the court has a fair accounting of assets so their distribution is equitable.

Compassionate legal counsel knows that family comes first in custody cases

As a child of divorce, I understand that the process can be difficult and upsetting, especially for the children involved, but their welfare must be a priority. There are two types of custody: legal, which involves decision-making authority, and physical, which refers to where the child primarily resides, and it can be shared or awarded to one parent. When parents can agree on both legal and physical custody terms, including a visitation schedule for the noncustodial parent, they can sign either a Separation Agreement or Parenting Agreement that they don’t have to file with the court or a Consent Order that must be filed in court and signed by a judge. If parents can’t reach an agreement, then they are required under state law to try to resolve their differences through mediation before the case can be heard by a judge. North Carolina courts, like the courts of all states, make custody decisions based on what they determine to be in the best interest of the child. If custody is a contentious issue in your divorce, I’ll fight for your rights and those of your children.

Trustworthy counsel aids parents in obtaining and modifying child support orders

Children need to be financially supported by their parents, even after they are no longer together. In North Carolina, child support is calculated based on income, days the children will spend in a parent’s custody, and other child-related expenses within the state. Adjustments can be made if calculations are incorrect or a parent is unable to afford the child support that was ordered by the court.

With a consultation, I can more easily understand your unique case and help you figure out what would be in your best interest.

Contact a North Carolina family lawyer to schedule a consultation

David Self Family Law and Mediation represents clients in the Huntersville area and throughout North Carolina, specializing in divorce and child custody cases. Please call 704-594-5364 or contact me online to schedule a consultation at my office in Huntersville.

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  • Huntersville Office
    215 Gilead Road
    Suite 201
    Huntersville, North Carolina 28078
    Phone: 980-441-1110
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