Is your marriage heading for separation or divorce? Are you involved in a dispute concerning spousal support or division of your marital property? Are you fighting to keep custody of your child? If so, you are facing one of the many complex family law issues that the attorneys of Strickland, Agner & Associates help our clients to overcome every day.
We know how overwhelming things can seem when ending a marriage, dividing property or seeking support for yourself and your children. We strive to ease the stress of our family law clients by handling their cases in the most calm, professional and efficient manner as possible. We truly appreciate the important role that a lawyer can play in helping families to get through a difficult time.
If you need legal assistance with a family law matter in Goldsboro or surrounding areas of North Carolina, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would be glad to meet with you in a confidential consultation. We can learn more about your situation. We can answer your questions. And we can get to work right away on your case.
Our Family Law Practice Areas
Divorce is the major focus of our family law practice at Strickland, Agner & Associates. However, we have the legal skill and experience to help our clients with a wide range of other domestic legal issues that arise in their lives. Please review the following and see if your case falls within any of these categories:
If you have reached the difficult decision to end your marriage, you may physically separate from your spouse by living in different homes. It may be in your best interests to also obtain a legal separation, or divorce from bed and board.
Legal separation is a way to protect your rights and interests while an absolute divorce is pending. When you become legally separated from your spouse, you can become eligible to receive spousal support. You can also seek equitable distribution of your marital property.
During the separation period, the spouses often will go through a process called “mediation.” These are negotiations that are aimed at arriving at a mutual agreement about support, custody and property issues. This agreement is commonly called a “separation agreement.” It will be important to have a lawyer at your side throughout this process so that your objectives are fully met in any agreement that is reached.
If you have lived separate and apart from your spouse for at least 12 continuous months, and if at least one of you has established a residence in North Carolina for at least six months, then you will be eligible to file for a divorce in our state. This is also called a “no-fault” divorce or “absolute” divorce.
It is important to make sure that you go through the proper process and file all of the required documents when you seek a divorce. An attorney can take care of these matters for you while you focus on yourself and your family.
Spousal support is often referred to as “alimony.” It is one of the many legal issues that our law firm handles that are closely related to a divorce. As we explained above, you can seek spousal support during the separation period.
Under North Carolina law, a spouse who was dependent on the other spouse can be eligible for financial support. Gender plays no role in the determination. When you are awarded spousal support, you can receive it in one lump sum or seek a series of monthly payments.
A lawyer can seek the proper amount for you in either a separation agreement or through a court order. If you are the paying spouse, an attorney can strive to ensure that the amount you are obligated to pay is fair and reasonable. Under some circumstances, you can seek a modification of an existing spousal support obligation.
It is crucial to work with an attorney who will carefully guide you through the process of identifying, valuating and, ultimately, dividing your marital assets and debts.
In many cases, this division can be handled in a separation agreement. However, in some cases, you may need to petition a court for an “equitable distribution” order. It is important to note: You must file for this distribution before your divorce becomes final.
The division of marital property can be one of the most complex issues in a divorce. This is especially true when a home, multiple bank accounts, stocks, retirement funds and business assets are involved. In some cases, one spouse may seek to conceal assets.
For this reason, you should work with an attorney who has experience with handling marital property distribution cases and who will be aggressive in protecting your interests.
As a parent who is going through a divorce, you want to ensure that you continue a healthy relationship with your child and have a say in important decisions about the child’s education, medical care and other matters. An attorney can help you to hold on to these custody rights.
In most cases, a parenting agreement can be reached that is approved by a court. Typically, the child will live with one parent, who has physical custody, while the other parent will have visitation rights. Legal custody, or the authority to make decisions concerning the child’s welfare, may be shared by the parents. However, if the parents cannot agree on these matters, a court may need to decide custody issues.
Whether custody is resolved through an agreement or court order, the child’s “best interest” will be the primary consideration.
In addition to helping you with initial custody determinations, an attorney can assist with the modification of an existing custody arrangement. For instance, a modification may be need when one parent moves to another city or state.
As a parent, you share a duty with a child’s other parent to provide financial support for your child. While going through a divorce, it is crucial to work with an attorney who will make sure your rights are protected when determining the extent of support that each parent must provide.
Under North Carolina law, the main considerations will be the child’s “reasonable needs” and the “relative abilities” of each parent to provide financial support. These considerations should be taken into account when structuring a separation agreement with the other spouse or when going to court to seek a child support order.
An attorney can help you with initial child support determinations and with modifications of existing agreements or court orders.
In some situations, it may be necessary to seek a protective order in order to protect yourself or your family from an abusive spouse, partner or other family member. An attorney can help you to pursue a domestic violence protective order and work diligently to pursue the sense of peace and security that you deserve.
For many different reasons, a family may wish to bring a child into its life. While the process of going through an adoption may seem daunting, at first, it can be achieved with the assistance of a lawyer. A lawyer can help you with all of the paperwork involved in an adoption and also serve as a liaison between you and agencies involved in your adoption case.
Contact a Goldsboro Family Law Attorney Today
As you can see, family law involves many different types of issues. No matter what domestic issue you are facing, you can count on the lawyers of Strickland, Agner & Associates to help you with the compassion and professionalism you deserve. Contact us today by phone or online to learn more about how we can assist. Our consultations are confidential and aimed at answering all of your questions.