Raleigh Divorce Attorneys
Family Law Attorneys: Child Custody, Support, Property Distribution and Other Divorce Matters
Our family law practice group includes three experienced and well-known Raleigh divorce attorneys who work primarily in Wake County in the areas of divorce, child custody and family law. Our lawyers are also frequent speakers at continuing legal education classes for divorce and are well regarded by the local and North Carolina State Bars.
We have the experience, knowledge and skill to handle even the most complex divorce cases involving:
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support
- Property division (Equitable Distribution)
- Spousal support (alimony)
- Business valuation
- Domestic violence
Answers to Your Questions About Our Family Law Practice
We often receive the following questions from clients who contact us regarding their divorce matter. The brief answers we provide are intended as a broad overview and are not intended to serve as legal advice. Contact Herring Mills & Kratt, PLLC, to schedule a consultation to discuss your divorce questions.
What Is a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law?
To be certified as a specialist by the North Carolina State Bar, a lawyer must have expertise in the specific area. Particularly he/she must:
- Be an active member in good standing with the North Carolina State Bar for at least five years
- Devote at least 25 percent of his or her practice to the specialty during the previous five years
- Attend at least 12 hours of continuing legal education seminars in the specialty area each year in addition to the normal continuing legal education requirements for non-specialists
- Receive favorable recommendation from other lawyers and judges
- Pass a written examination in the specialty practice area
- Be recertified every five years
What Should I Expect My Divorce to Cost?
It is impossible to determine in advance how much time will be needed to handle your divorce. If issues of spousal support, community property division and child visitation rights require litigation, divorce cases can become lengthy.
We charge an initial consultation fee of $300, which is due at the time of the consultation. During the consultation, your attorney will discuss with you North Carolina law and how it applies in your case. Our attorneys work with fee advances depending on the nature and complexity of the case. Some matters such as uncontested divorces and uncontested separation agreements are billed on a flat fee basis.
Can My Ex-Spouse Be Ordered to Pay My Attorney’s Fees?
Sometimes, but not always, the court will order reimbursement of part or all of a client’s attorney’s fees and expenses. Because awards of attorney’s fees are uncertain, you will be responsible for payment of all attorney’s fees and expenses up front.
Will My Divorce End Up in an Expensive Court Battle?
As family law attorneys and trained mediators, we will work to settle your case without litigation in order to minimize your emotional and financial costs. But we will aggressively protect your interests and take your case to court if mediation and settlement negotiations fail.
To learn more about ways we can help you through your pending divorce, contact our offices in Raleigh, North Carolina, to schedule a consultation.