Greensboro Divorce Lawyers Protect the Interests of Spouses
Experienced Triad firm assists with custody, alimony and property issues
Regardless of what led to the end your marriage, how you handle your divorce will affect you and your children for years to come. Sigmon Klein, PLLC in Greensboro is an established law firm offering exceptional counsel and service to Triad residents going through a divorce. From the initial filing requirements to the often complex and emotional issues surrounding custody, alimony and property division, you can count us to guide you through a difficult time.
How do I file for divorce in North Carolina?
Our accomplished legal counselors strive to relieve your burden by clearly explaining each facet of the divorce process, such as:
- Filing and residence requirements — What most people simply call divorce is known as “absolute divorce” under North Carolina law. One party must have lived within the state for at least six months in order to file a Complaint for Absolute Divorce. Our family law attorneys can prepare the necessary documents and keep you apprised of your options at every stage of the process.
- No fault divorce — North Carolina is a “no fault” divorce jurisdiction. Marriages are not terminated based on a spouse’s misconduct. Rather, one can seek to dissolve their marital union once the spouses have lived apart for at least one year. However, allegations linked to traditional fault grounds such as adultery and cruel treatment might affect decisions on alimony and child custody.
- Contested versus uncontested divorce — If you and your spouse are in complete agreement regarding your divorce terms, an uncontested divorce can help save money and time. Our firm can draft a sound marital settlement agreement, but even if no complications arise, you still must wait at least 30 days before a hearing before you finalize your divorce. This can be an especially good solution for childless couples. Some couples prefer the collaborative divorce process, where couples share information and pursue an agreement together, over an adversarial proceeding. However, even if your relationship is relatively amicable, committing to a settlement might not be in your best interests. Consulting with a qualified lawyer can help you determine if a contested divorce could lead to a more favorable result.
- Property division — Our divorce lawyers explain what items are marital property, and therefore subject to division, and what assets would be considered the separate property of an individual spouse. When a couple differs on how the marital assets should be allocated, we advocate for a proper result under the state’s equitable distribution standard. If necessary, we bring in appraisers and other subject matter experts to gain an accurate evaluation of assets, such as the marital home, real estate holdings, stocks and other complex assets.
- Child support and custody — Parents who break up should first focus on what’s best for their children. By taking a personalized approach to custody and visitation matters, our firm looks to promote strong bonds between children and both of their parents. We also assist with child support proceedings when initial rates are formulated as well as when disputes arise over potential modifications and missed payments.
- Alimony — Sometimes known as spousal support, alimony can be awarded while spouses are living apart as well as after a divorce has been finalized. Numerous factors can go into the court’s decision, including the length of the marriage, each party’s ability to support themselves financially and whether a spouse engaged in sexual activity outside the marriage.
Should you require advice on the particular considerations that might arise in a same-sex divorce or any other circumstance that affects your case, we will use our experience to help you make smart choices.