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Richard Barnes, Jr.

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Family Law Attorney Richard BarnesRichard Barnes is an experienced family law attorney. Richard handles cases involving divorce, child custody, child support, equitable distribution, alimony, separation agreements, mediation, collaborative law, and domestic violence.

While Richard represents clients in all areas of family law, his focus is high conflict child custody cases. He recognizes that many families face special challenges when divorce involves a parent that is suffering with narcissistic or borderline personality disorder.

Richard represents clients throughout the greater Mecklenburg County area including Cabarrus County, Union County, Iredell County, and Gaston County. He works primarily in the Charlotte, NC office. 

Hear from Richard why he decided to become a family law attorney:

I went to law school to advocate for people and help them with their legal issues. Family law allows me to develop a direct relationship with a real person who needs real help.

Family law matters are deeply personal, and the outcome of clients’ cases may be one of the most important events in their life. It is a privilege to help them navigate the often frustrating and confusing legal process.

I like helping clients make the best decisions for themselves by explaining not only what the law is, but also how the law works and why.

Educating and advising clients is one of best parts of my job. When clients understand the how and why, they can begin to make sound decisions about their future, and confidently embrace the new life that is waiting for them.

I grew up in Charlotte and I enjoy spending time going to live music events, traveling and meeting new people and cultures, sailing, skiing, and food of all kinds!


Richard W. Barnes, Jr.
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  • North Carolina Bar
  • South Carolina Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar
  • York County Bar (SC)
  • Charlotte Collaborative Divorce Professionals



  • Charlotte School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • University of South Carolina, Master of International Business
  • Michigan State University, Bachelor of Arts, International Relations