Do I need a lawyer to handle my divorce?


Divorce cases can be emotionally wrenching and they can also be complex. This is a bad pairing of factors that leads many people to make decisions they come to regret with time and distance. It is nearly always in your best interest to be represented by an attorney during a divorce proceeding. A lawyer will dispassionately assess your options and guide you to the best possible outcome.

There are often several critical issues that must be resolved during your divorce and you want the best result in each case. Here are three of the key issues that must commonly be settled in a divorce proceeding.

Child Custody: Under NC statutes, the court must consider the best interests and welfare of your children in making a determination of custody. There is no preference for either the father or mother receiving custody by statute. However, there are some factors laid out that the court must consider. In the end, the court might grant custody to one parent or the other, or it could decide to grant joint custody to both parents.

Property Division: NC is an “equitable distribution” state. This means that when the two parties to a divorce cannot reach a settlement, the General Court of Justice steps in. The initiation of this includes a discovery process to determine which debt and/or property is marital. After this has been completed, the General Court of Justice will dedicate a monetary value to marital debt and property and divide as it deems appropriate.

Alimony/Spousal Support: When a marriage ends, there will usually be one spouse who has done better than the other, financially. Spousal support is awarded to ensure that the other spouse can lead an independent life. Unlike child support, there is no particular formula for spousal support. Judges are given factors to consider by the law, but then have discretion to make the decision they feel is appropriate.

Meek Law Firm has successfully handled countless divorces while maintaining a sterling reputation with both the courts and our clients. For more information, contact attorney Jonathan Meek today to discuss the specifics of your divorce. Call (704) 848-6335 or use the contact form on the right of this page to schedule a consultation appointment.