In North Carolina, you must be a resident for six months before you are eligible to seek an absolute divorce. During the required one year legal separation period, issues are normally resolved with the execution of a Separation Agreement which survives the divorce action. However sometimes this does not happen and it is important that you consult a divorce attorney before obtaining an absolute divorce to make sure that your rights with respect to property division, alimony or spousal support, and child custody or child support are protected. The complexities of issues arising because of filing a divorce action without preserving for resolution issues of alimony, property rights, child support or child custody can cause irreparable harm to one or both of the parties. Brinkley Walser offers a full range of family law services to our clients.
A fairly new concept in family law is collaborative divorce. Essentially, the divorcing parties agree to share an attorney in order to minimize costs. The family law attorney works with both parties to come up with an agreement acceptable to all parties without having to go to court. Brinkley Walser's attorneys can answer any questions you might have about collaborative divorce.