Raleigh Divorce Lawyers & Child Custody Attorneys

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 Raleigh divorce lawyers and child custody attorneys are ready to help. Our 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.

You want to have the best family law attorney for your situation. Finding the best family law attorney for your case means more than finding the most aggressive attorney in town or finding the least expensive attorney.  People often search for the best family law attorney or the top divorce lawyer and while it’s important to find a great attorney to help you, the best attorney for one person may not be the best attorney for someone else. Some people prefer to work with a woman divorce lawyer either based on their own preference or how they think the court will feel about the case. Look for a lawyer that is the best fit for you and your case. Find someone that is willing to listen to you and what you feel is important.

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FAQs on Raleigh Divorce

What are the legal grounds for divorce in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill metro area?
There are two grounds for divorce in North Carolina. First, you and your spouse must live separate and apart for at least one year. During this time, at least one of you must intend for this separation to be permanent. Second, one spouse must have incurable insanity and both of you must live separate and part for three years.
What are the residency requirements to file for divorce in Raleigh?
To file for divorce either party must have resided in the state of North Carolina for six months prior to filing for divorce.
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?
You should contact a divorce attorney before you make any major decisions such as moving out or taking the children out of the state. While you technically can’t receive your final divorce decree, until you have been living apart for one year, you can begin the divorce process even prior to your separation. It’s actually very important to speak with a lawyer prior to separating because what you do and how you handle the separation can impact your case. Things like moving out of the house, potentially leaving the state, or how you deal with the kids can have serious ramifications on your case in court.
Do I automatically qualify for divorce if my spouse had an affair?
No. To be divorced, both parties must have lived separate and apart for at least one year. However, you may be entitled to claim for a special legal separation known as Divorce from Bed and Board and/or alimony based on your spouse’s wrongdoing. Note that a Divorce from Bed and Board does not dissolve the marriage, and so matrimonial bonds still exist.
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.

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.

Raleigh Child Custody FAQ

What is child custody?
Child custody refers to who has the legal decision-making authority for the child, which is often referred to as legal custody and where the child will live which is often called physical custody.

Do Wake County family courts prefer moms over dads in custody cases?

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?
Best interest of the child is the standard that is used by Raleigh family court judges in all custody cases.  The best interest of the child standard includes among other things the child’s age and health, the parents mental and physical health, as well as each parent’s ability to care for the child, home environment, the child preference, and the parent’s ability to provide for the child.
Can modifications be made to a child custody order?
A parent may request the court to make changes to an existing child custody order, provided that the requesting parent can show that there has been a substantial change of circumstances impacting the minor child.  A substantial change in circumstances can be found when one parent violates the existing 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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Raleigh Divorce Lawyer Reviews

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"I am truly impressed with the outstanding results!" There was an emergency situation where my child could have been taken out of the country without my consent and perhaps would take many years without seeing her again; I am truly impressed with the outstanding results Allie Moore was able to accomplish, she even worked over the weekend to have my little one back home safely; Highly recommend her.
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"Allie was a Godsend!" Allie was a Godsend and really helped me with my situation. Her and the firm were very diligent and helped speed the early stages of the process along due to a rocky situation. Throughout my experience working with Allie she was always responsive and available any time I had a question or wanted to check on the state of affairs. Hopefully I won't have to recommend McIlveen to my friends or family, but if those unfortunate circumstances arise then there's only one name I would trust. Thank you again for all your help!
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