Gastonia Divorce & Child Custody Attorneys
Dealing with divorce and child custody matters can be extremely stressful, and we at McIlveen Family Law Firm understand the emotional and financial challenges that you may be facing.
With so much at stake, it is vital that you work with a professional you can trust to protect your rights, as well as the best interests of your children. Our Gastonia family law attorneys, are equipped to provide you with quality and compassionate legal representation. We will help you through this difficult time and help you achieve the best results possible.
The legal team will utilize their vast knowledge of family law and decades of legal experience to help you with matters involving divorce, child custody, alimony, child support, property division, mediation, prenuptial agreements, separation agreements, domestic violence, grandparent’s rights and more.
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FAQs on Gastonia Divorce and Family Law
What are the legal grounds for divorce in Gastonia?
In Gastonia, along with the rest of North Carolina, there are two grounds for divorce: One is that both parties must live separate and part for one year. During this year, at least one party must intend for the separation to be a permanent arrangement.
The other is that one party must have incurable insanity. The couple must live separate and apart for three years. Note that proof of incurable insanity is necessary to serve as a legal ground for divorce.
How long do I need to wait before a divorce can be granted?
When should I contact a Gastonia divorce lawyer?
How soon will a divorce be granted?
How do I serve my spouse in Gaston County?
You have several options when it comes to serving your spouse in Gaston County. You may opt to serve him or her via the county sheriff, via registered or certified mail (return receipt requested), or through a duly authorized person.
If your attempts to serve your spouse with these acceptable methods are unsuccessful, you may opt to serve by publication. This means using a newspaper qualified for legal advertising according to state law. This publication must be circulated in the area where your spouse is believed to reside in.
Where do I file for divorce in Gastonia?
FREE North Carolina Divorce Guidebook
- Understanding the Legal Process
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Money Issues
- Pitfalls for Military Spouses
- Separation Agreements
- Psychological Considerations
- When Do I Need to Get a Lawyer
Written by Angela McIlveen the Guidebook is meant to give you an overview of NC divorce law in words you can understand (not legalese). It will explain some options, and in general help you prepare for divorce.
Gastonia Child Custody FAQ
What is child custody?
Is there a preference for mothers over fathers in decisions related to child custody?
What factors are taken into account when determining child custody?
Can a child custody order still be changed?
Can a child decide on who to live with?
If the child is of a suitable age and is mature enough to express his or her wishes, then the child’s wishes may be given considerable weight. The judge, however, may decide to rule differently if he or she believes that the child is better off living with the other parent.
Contact our experienced Gastonia divorce and family law attorneys today to schedule a consultation.