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What Do Family Lawyers Do?

| Jul 22, 2019 | Family Law

Family lawyers are instrumental in helping people deal with domestic relations and family-related issues, including but not limited to divorce concerns and issues related to divorce. These often include the division of marital property, child custody arrangements, child support, spousal support, and contractual agreements between spouses – such as prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. If you are facing a divorce – or have concerns related to divorce – it’s in your best interest to consult with an experienced Raleigh family lawyer today.

Child Custody Arrangements

If you’re going through a divorce, your children’s continued well-being is naturally a top priority. A family lawyer will work closely with you to help ensure that you obtain child custody arrangements that are in your children’s best interests. If you seek primary custody, for instance, your dedicated family lawyer will help you make well-considered decisions in support of this goal throughout the divorce process.

The Division of Marital Property

The State of North Carolina is an equitable distribution state, which means that the court seeks an equitable division of the property that you and your spouse acquired as a married couple – this doesn’t necessarily mean an equal division but, instead, refers to a balanced division of said property. This division of marital property can become very complicated very quickly. Further, there are several complicating factors that can compound the difficulty, including:

  • Divorces that involve high assets
  • Divorces that involve multiple properties
  • Divorces that involve a family business
  • Divorces that become contentious

Family lawyers have the knowledge, experience, and access to financial experts to skillfully advocate for a division of marital property that protects you and your children’s financial future.

Spousal Maintenance

Spousal maintenance (also known as alimony) is also complicated. The longer you were married, the more likely it becomes that the higher-earning spouse will be required to pay the lower-earning spouse alimony. Other factors can also play a role in this determination, including:

  • The recipient’s need for spousal maintenance
  • The payor’s ability to pay spousal maintenance
  • The payor’s and/or the recipient’s marital misconduct
  • Each spouse’s ability to earn
  • The recipient’s contributions to the payor’s professional accomplishments and resulting earning potential

In other words, there’s a lot to consider, and a knowledgeable Raleigh family lawyer is likely to be indispensable in forging an advantageous path forward.

Support Post-Judgment

Just because your divorce has been finalized does not mean that your legal concerns are necessarily behind you. If your ex, for example, doesn’t comply with court orders, you may need post-judgment legal support to enforce said orders. Further, sometimes custody and visitation arrangements require changes, and child custody modifications are in order. A skilled Raleigh family lawyer can help you with all of these concerns and more, including adoption issues.

If You Have Questions or Concerns Related to Divorce or Domestic Relations, an Experienced Raleigh Child Support Lawyer Can Help

Daphne Edwards at Daphne Edwards Divorce & Family Law in Raleigh, North Carolina, is an experienced child support lawyer with the skill, dedication, and compassion to help you. For more information, please contact us online or call us at 919-891-8552 today.