Family Law

If you live in North Carolina and are facing the emotional prospect of divorce, legal separation, child custody issues, child support, spousal support, or other family law matters, it is critical to have the help of a compassionate and dedicated family law attorney. I can help you find a healthy way of achieving your goals and getting a fresh start.

Durham Family Law Attorney

Going through divorce is a big project.  Our mission is to guide you through the complexities and options of your process in a manner that protects your interests and preserves the emotional health of your family.

Family Law encompasses a wide variety of issues, including, but not limited to:

Mediation

Mediation is a means of ending a marriage amicably. Mediation provides a third party to help facilitate an agreement and is often the best way to decide important issues such as child custody and support, property division and alimony in a way that saves time and money.

Collaborative Divorce

Working together during a divorce is the best way to reduce stress and save time and money. This isn’t always possible. Collaborative Divorce means that both parents sign an agreement to resolve any disputes outside of a courtroom. These agreements are reached through negotiation and collaboration.

Contested Divorce

When an agreement can’t be reached regarding issues in a divorce, it can be a very volatile and emotional situation. As an experienced divorce attorney, I understand your rights and will protect them while guiding you through each step of the process with a clear understanding of your options.

Spousal Support/Alimony

One important issue that must be addressed in a divorce is spousal support. Many forms of alimony exist. Who will pay alimony and what the amount will be depend on a number of factors such as standard of living during marriage, the length of the marriage, and financial resources of each party. Alimony can be awarded as temporary support or permanent support. Alimony is separate from child support, but child support is often considered when determining alimony payments.

Child Custody

This can be one of the most emotionally charged issues in a divorce. There are many forms of custody including legal custody, which refers to a parent’s right to make decisions regarding a child’s upbringing, and physical custody, which determines where a child will live the majority of the time.

Child Support

Financial support for children after divorce can have a tremendous impact on their well-being and a parent’s financial situation moving forward. As an experienced child support attorney, I am dedicated to protecting the interests of your children during all phases of the process.

Adoption

Adoption is the legal process that allows parents and children to begin a new life together. Working with a qualified and caring adoption attorney will help to ease the stress of the process and ensure approval by the court. I approach each adoption with personalized care and work on helping families of all types to successfully build a solid family.

Modifications

Situations can arise after divorce that requires either party to modify a standing agreement. These can include job loss, promotion, or other factors that might terminate, change or increase alimony payments, modifications of child support due to the child’s needs or the supporting parent’s work situations, and any changes due to relocation or other modifications of the current parenting plan.

Call (919) 688-6860 to speak with a qualified North Carolina mediation attorney and divorce lawyer. I am dedicated to compassionate but aggressive representation. Call today.

Judy Whisnant