We at McIlveen Family Law Firm know that divorce and child custody matters are some of the most difficult issues an individual can deal with. The experienced family law attorneys at our Raleigh, North Carolina office are fully committed to helping you through such trying times, providing you with the effective and efficient legal service you need, and striving to obtain the most advantageous results possible on your behalf.
Our legal team has decades of combined experience in cases involving divorce and child custody, as well as with matters concerning child support, alimony, mediation, property division, prenuptial agreements, separation agreements, domestic violence, grandparent’s rights and more.
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FAQs on Raleigh Divorce
What are the legal grounds for divorce in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill metro area?
What are the residency requirements to file for divorce in Raleigh?
How soon can I get divorced in Wake County?
For a divorce to be granted in North Carolina, both parties must have lived separate and apart for at least one year prior to filing for a divorce. Either party can petition the court for divorce after this one-year period is over. After filing, the opposing party must be served officially with the filed paper work, and is then given 30 days to respond to the complaint or waive his or her right to file before the court can enter a final divorce decree.
Every divorce case is different, and it can be hard to estimate just how long a divorce in Raleigh will take. It could be several months after filing before a dissolution is granted and the parties are divorced.
When should I contact a Raleigh divorce lawyer?
Do I automatically qualify for divorce if my spouse had an affair?
Where do I file for divorce in Wake County or elsewhere in the Research Triangle?
If you reside in Wake County, you will need to go to file a divorce complaint with the Clerk of Court’s office in the Wake County Courthouse.
If you live in Durham, Chatham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, Person, Vance, Warren, Nash or another county you’ll need to file for divorce in the Clerk of Court’s office in that respective county.
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- 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.
Raleigh Child Custody FAQ
What is child custody?
Legally speaking, child custody means having control and care of children. It refers to with whom the children will live with after a divorce.
Is there a preference for one parent over the other when it comes to child custody?
When it comes to child custody, Raleigh courts show no preference for either parent. It is not presumed that one parent is automatically more capable of taking care of a child. As with all North Carolina courts, custody matters are determined based on the child’s best interests.
What factors are taken into consideration when determining child custody?
Can modifications be made to a child custody order?
Can my child express preference in Raleigh child custody matters?
There is no specific age when the court takes a child’s preference into account. Raleigh courts may take a child’s preference into consideration if it believes that the child is mature enough and is of a suitable age to express their wishes. However, the court does not need to take this preference into consideration when determining child custody rights.
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