Nothing can be more stressful than needing legal help for family law. Fortunately, this is our area of expertise here at Morgenstern & Associates, so we can provide assistance with divorce, property division, child custody, alimony, and more. If you’re struggling with a family law issue in the Greensboro, NC area, contact us to learn more about how we may be able to help you.
What is Family Law?
Family law is a specialty within our legal system that focuses on issues that affect family relationships. This includes:
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Property Division
- Grandparent Adoption
- Stepparent Adoption
Our law firm, which is located in the greater Greensboro area, can assist with all these areas, as well as other legal issues that might arise for families. This kind of legal situation can be extremely emotional, so having a good family lawyer on your side can ensure you get the best possible outcome with the least stress possible.
Family Law Help for Unmarried Individuals
While we handle many divorces, we can also help you even if you and your former partner have never been married. After all, you might have property or children with a previous partner, which means you may need to make decisions about property division, child custody, and child support after a break-up.
Although many couples make decisions about property and children during a separation or divorce, you can actually make these decisions at any point during a relationship. This is especially true when making decisions about child custody and support. The court always wants to see children in situations where they can thrive with the least harm possible.
Keep in mind that your child custody and child support agreement can change. Often, legal agreements are binding for the rest of your life. However, child support can (and should) increase or decrease if there is a substantial change in income or the child’s needs. Custody can also change if the current arrangement is no longer in the best interest of the child. Learn more about custody laws in North Carolina here.
We can also help grandparents or other relatives who are seeking custody of a child. In most cases, a child will live with one or both of their parents. However, grandparents can seek custody in cases of abandonment, abuse, or neglect. Grandparents who have a substantial relationship with a grandchild may also be able to get visitation rights during a divorce. Click here for more information for grandparents.
Finding the Best Legal Help – Family Law Experts for Your Case
Here in Greensboro, there is no shortage of lawyers. How do you choose the best one for your case? Here is our list of five questions to ask yourself as you are researching your options:
- Do they have experience in family law? A family law expert will have specific knowledge about North Carolina laws regarding divorce, custody, support, and other areas of family law, so they will be able to better handle your case. Here at Morgenstern & Associates, we have over 40 years of combined experience, specializing in family law.
- Can they provide specialized services I need, such as forensic accounting, private investigation, etc.? These are important in more complex divorce and custody cases.
- Has the firm been recognized for excellence? This can indicate that the attorneys will provide excellent representation for their clients. US News & World Report ranks us as a Tier 1 family law firm in metropolitan areas, and Best Lawyers in America has recognized our founder, Barbara Morgenstern, in family law for the past 25 years.
- Will they work to keep my costs low? Legal help is notoriously expensive. That’s why one of our goals is to keep our services affordable for all clients. We can discuss budget during an initial conversation, where we can answer basic questions about your case and give you an idea of the outcome you can expect.
- Do I feel comfortable with them representing me? Most importantly, you need to be able to trust your lawyer. Sometimes, personalities just don’t mesh or you feel unsure about the process. That’s why having an initial consultation matters so much. Not only can we answer your questions, but we can also make sure it’s a good fit for both of us.
You can click here if you’d like more information about setting up an initial consultation with a member of our team.
FAQs About Legal Help for Family Law Issues
We can’t answer questions about your specific case online, since it doesn’t allow us to provide specific legal help. Family law can be nuanced and complicated, and every case is different. That said, here are a few general questions we get, along with general answers.
Does North Carolina favor mothers over fathers?
No. Like many states, North Carolina has abolished “tender years doctrine,” which presumed that children should be placed with the mother. We help both mothers and fathers in child custody and support cases.
Can you help with adoption?
Yes, in some cases. We handle grandparent and stepparent adoptions at our law firm.
Is there a way to finalize my divorce faster?
Unfortunately, North Carolina requires separation for one year and one day before you can file for divorce. No lawyer can speed up the process, though we can also help you create a separation agreement in the meantime.
We’d love to help you with more specific legal help. Family law can sometimes be frustrating, but we’ll guide you through the process to make it as painless as possible. Use the chat box or call us today at 336-203-9110 to find out more.