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Family Law

Monroe, NC-Based Family Law Attorneys 

Family law disputes, such as contested separation, can be expensive, stressful, and time consuming. The attorneys at Leitner, Bragg & Griffin, PLLC truly understand the level of emotional and financial stress a divorce can put on you and those closest to you. When you choose to work with our firm, you become a part of our family. We will make sure to take that extra step for you. We will listen to your goals, carefully guide you through your familial dispute, and work with you toward a resolution that preserves your interests and is amicable for your loved ones. 

We provide answers, assistance, and legal representation in a wide range of family law issues, including: 

  • Adoption
  • Alienation of affection
  • Child custody, visitation, and modification
  • Child support
  • Criminal conversation
  • Divorce (including absolute divorce)
  • Domestic violence
  • Equitable distribution and property settlement
  • Grandparent’s rights
  • Post-separation spousal support and alimony
  • Separation agreements
  • Termination of parental rights
  • Other special proceedings

Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with our Monroe family lawyers.

Our Family Law Services in Union County and Surrounding Areas

Divorce

If you are facing a divorce, there are several important steps you must take. First, it’s important to know that North Carolina requires a separation period of 1 year before formally filing for an absolute divorce. During this time, spouses must live apart from one another, with arrangements for child support and alimony (if applicable). Furthermore, in addition to the separation itself, you’ll also need to settle related issues, such as the division of marital property, the applicability of spousal support, visitation rights, and so forth. We can help you with all of this and more. 

Spousal Support 

Post-divorce spousal support (alimony) is the money an individual pays to or receives from their former spouse after an absolute divorce. There is also post-separation alimony, which refers to payments made during the pre-divorce separation period. For both types of alimony, the court will consider several factors to determine whether it is necessary and, if so, to calculate its amount and duration. This includes each spouse’s income, earning potential, and standard of living during the marriage. In most cases, alimony payments are temporary and only last long enough to give the lower-earning spouse an opportunity to acquire the skills necessary for financial independence. However, in some instances, spousal support may be permanent. Our lawyers can work with you to determine how North Carolina’s alimony laws apply to your circumstances. 

Child Custody

Do you know your custody rights? Children are often the most important considerations for parents planning to separate. As such, they’re often the center of contested divorce disputes. If you’re battling for custody of your children, it’s vital that you have an experienced and knowledgeable legal team on your side. We handle child custody cases with the compassion and attention they deserve. Our number one priority is to work with you toward a solution that best serves you and your child. 

Property Division and Equitable Distribution

North Carolina is an equitable distribution state, meaning the court will make an effort to divide property equitably, rather than splitting shares equally (50/50) between both spouses. The court will account for a number of factors to determine what is equitable, such as the value of the good and each spouse’s vested interest in it. To prepare for property division, you’ll need to survey all your assets and determine what does and does not qualify as “marital property.” This may include real estate, investments, vehicles, bank accounts, debts, and anything else that was either acquired during the marriage or that co-mingled with recognized marital assets. Working closely with experienced attorneys like Leitner, Bragg & Griffin can help ensure your financial interests are protected throughout the equitable distribution process. 

Adoption and Other Special Proceedings

There are several different kinds of adoption. A common scenario is when a stepparent enters into a new parental role as primary guardian (stepparent adoption). Another type of adoption is a private or independent adoption, where an individual or couple will work with a lawyer or agency to adopt a child from the biological parent(s). Each of these scenarios requires unique considerations. For example, most private adoptions will require a preplacement assessment, or “home study,” which is a comprehensive investigation into the lives of the prospective parents. 

To begin the adoption process, you must file a “special proceeding form.” At Leitner, Bragg & Griffin, we advise clients with adoptions and other special proceeding cases brought before the Clerk of Superior Court (name changes, competency matters, etc.). 

If you’re preparing for adoption or dealing with a familial dispute, we invite you to discuss your case with our Monroe family law attorneys by calling (704) 447-7473


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