Experienced North Carolina Lawyers Advocate for Family Law Clients
Morganton attorneys provide detailed advice on divorce and custody issues
Family conflicts present legal and emotional challenges. At Starnes Aycock Law Firm, we safeguard clients’ legal rights so they can concentrate on their family’s well-being. As a mainstay of the Morganton community providing professional advocacy since 1926, our firm has the experience and wisdom to guide you through a difficult time. Whether you’ve decided to end your marriage, require assistance with a custody issue, or are looking to establish fair support terms, we provide diligent representation in negotiations or at trial. Our personalized approach to legal advocacy means that we will work tirelessly to meet the specific needs of you and your family.
Comprehensive counsel for divorcing spouses
Divorce can be a frustrating and confusing process. Starnes Aycock Law Firm lawyers are skilled guides who can answer questions on any subject, including:
- Dissolving a marriage under North Carolina law — To obtain a divorce in North Carolina, at least one spouse must have lived in the state for at least 180 days. You can file for a no-fault divorce if you have lived apart from your spouse for at least a year.
- Division of marital property — North Carolina abides by the principle of equitable division when dividing marital property. This means that assets accumulated during the marriage are split based on what the court believes is fair when the marriage ends. The split is often an even one, but that can change depending on the circumstances. Our attorneys can make sure that items such as pension accumulations and retirement funds are appropriately considered.
- Establishing child custody arrangements — When negotiating legal and physical custody of children, we make an extra effort to create a plan agreeable to both parents. If consensus is not possible, the court can review numerous factors to determine what is in the child’s best interests. There is a strong preference for an arrangement that maintains full involvement for both parents, but if you believe this might be harmful, we will argue to the court on your behalf.
Through our knowledgeable assistance, we will help you emerge from the end of your marriage with your rights and confidence intact. As always, we work in a cost-efficient manner to improve your overall outcome.
Enabling families to meet legal challenges relating to parental responsibility
Nothing is more important than the love and care a parent owes their child. Even if parents never married, they have a legal duty to support their children financially. Willful failure of a noncustodial parent to make required child support payments can be charged as a criminal offense. In many cases, it is best to set child support rates by consensus, but if court intervention is required, we can make sure that the proper information is considered when the judge refers to the North Carolina child support formula. If an existing order is being ignored or requires modification due to a change in financial status, we can petition the court for relief. Firm lawyers can also assist with paternity and adoption matters to establish parental responsibility pursuant to state law.
Contact a highly qualified Morganton family law attorney
Starnes Aycock Law Firm represents North Carolina residents in divorce and other family law matters along with a full range of legal practice areas. Please call 828-437-3335 or contact us online to schedule a meeting in our Morganton office.