Mast Law firm are experts in working with divorce law in North Carolina. An absolute divorce is a legal process that actually dissolves the marriage. Certain marital rights are extinguished with the absolute divorce, including a spouse’s right to share in the other spouse’s estate. In North Carolina, most absolute divorces are granted based on parties living separately and apart for a period of one year. Divorce law is more complex than most would imagine, and it’s best to have an experienced lawyer on your side, watching your back and fighting for what is best for you.
North Carolina Divorce Law Experts
After spouses have lived separately and apart continuously for a period of at least one year, with no intentions to resume the marital relationship, either spouse may petition the court for an absolute divorce. The spouses must be living in separate residences for the period of separation; simply sleeping in separate bedrooms within the same house is not a separation for obtaining an absolute divorce. Additionally, the period of separation will not automatically be tolled if spouses who are separated engage in isolated instances of sexual intercourse. However, suppose the parties have resumed their marital relationship as shown by the totality of the circumstances. In that case, the period of separation will be tolled, and the date of separation for obtaining an absolute divorce will commence after the parties separate again.
Since 1962, we have helped families resolve challenging issues when getting a divorce. Our family law attorneys tailor their approach to our client’s unique circumstances.
At Mast Law Firm, we are proud of the reputation that George Mast began more than 60 years ago and continue cultivating the same dedication focused on caring, compassionate legal service. Contact us to meet with one of our experienced family lawyers, who will ensure you receive that personal attention.
Extensive Experience in Family Law
For four decades, we have developed the knowledge and experience to help clients address a wide variety of divorce and family law concerns. Our lawyers represent clients throughout North Carolina, focusing on Johnston and Wake Counties with a variety of family law needs, such as:
- Absolute Divorce
- Prenuptial agreements
- Separation Agreements
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support, insurance and daycare
- Property division (Equitable Distribution)
- Alimony & Post Separation Support (PSS)
- Legal separation (divorce from bed & board)
- Violations of court orders / Contempt hearings
- Alienation of affections & Criminal conversation
- Civil No-Contact / Stalking Protective Orders (50c)
- Domestic violence protective / restraining orders (50b)
To obtain a Divorce in North Carolina, you must have been a resident of this State for more than six (6) months at the time we file your complaint, and you and your spouse must have been separated for at least one (1) year. Note: If you or your spouse file for divorce and the divorce judgment is entered, you will forever lose certain valuable rights, such as the right to pursue alimony. Therefore, you should consult with an attorney before proceeding with or defending a divorce action. You must be very careful to do everything right during a divorce. The best way to do that is to have experienced lawyers from Mast Law Firm by your side to guide you through it all. It’s a confusing process overall; take it from us.
Our family law attorneys carefully prepare each case for trial. At the same time, we work hard to negotiate a reasonable settlement for our clients. Once we reach an agreement — through settlement conferences or mediation — we draft comprehensive written separation agreements or consent orders. We will vigorously try the case before the appropriate court if a reasonable settlement cannot be reached.
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Our family law attorneys at the Mast Law Firm strongly believe in prompt, efficient communication with their clients. If you are looking for experienced representation, you can either fill out our online form, or call us at (919) 934-6187
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