Divorce Lawyer

Raleigh Divorce Attorneys

Personalized Divorce Representation in Wake County, NC

Divorce is both a deeply personal experience and a multi-faceted legal process that requires separating partners to split one household into two. As such, there are many moving parts to address and many potential pitfalls to avoid. Fortunately, our award-winning Raleigh divorce lawyers at Blood Law, PLLC know how to help clients prepare for the journey ahead.

Backed by decades of collective experience, our firm has been trusted by individuals and families across North and South Carolina to handle the most important cases. We know that divorce has the potential to radically reshape families and futures, and we are committed to helping clients find peace of mind when navigating their cases and positioning themselves for the most positive resolutions possible.

Our Raleigh divorce attorneys proudly serve clients across Wake County and beyond, to discuss a potential case, call (704) 286-0570 or contact us online.

We Handle All Divorce-Related Matters

As a firm that takes a team-driven approach, we’re able to draw from the insight of attorneys with a broad range of experience in all divorce-related matters. This includes providing custom-tailored support for issues involving:

  • Uncontested Divorce: Our firm facilitates smooth, efficient divorces for couples in agreement on all major issues, ensuring paperwork accuracy and timely processing to expedite the dissolution of marriage.
  • Contested Divorce: With extensive courtroom experience, we advocate for clients facing contentious divorces, providing strategic legal representation to protect their rights and secure favorable outcomes in matters of asset division, child custody, and support.
  • Divorce Mediation: Offering a collaborative alternative to litigation, our mediation services foster constructive dialogue and fair compromises, guiding couples towards mutually beneficial agreements while minimizing conflict and preserving amicable relationships.
  • Property Division: Our attorneys adeptly navigate complex property division matters, leveraging their knowledge of North Carolina's equitable distribution laws to advocate for fair asset allocation tailored to each client's unique circumstances and priorities.
  • Child Custody: We’re committed to safeguarding the best interests of children by advocating for custody arrangements that promote stability and parental involvement and employing tailored strategies to secure favorable custody and visitation outcomes.
  • Spousal Support: Whether seeking or contesting alimony, our firm provides strategic counsel and advocacy to ensure fair determinations aligned with clients' financial needs, earning capacities, and contributions during the marriage.
  • Domestic Abuse: Our firm is dedicated to protecting victims of domestic violence and offers compassionate legal support and advocacy to help clients obtain protective orders, navigate the legal system, and secure safety and stability for themselves and their families.
  • Same-Sex Divorce: Recognizing the unique challenges faced by same-sex couples, we provide inclusive legal services tailored to their needs, navigating the legal complexities of divorce with sensitivity and expertise.
  • Legal Separation: Our firm guides clients through the process of legal separation, helping them establish clear terms for living apart while addressing important issues such as property division, support, and child custody arrangements.
  • Post-Divorce Estate Planning: Complementing our divorce services, we offer comprehensive estate planning assistance to help clients update their wills, trusts, and beneficiary designations post-divorce, ensuring their assets are protected and their wishes are honored in the event of incapacity or death.

Benefits of Hiring a Local Raleigh Divorce Attorney

When navigating the complexities of divorce proceedings, having a knowledgeable legal representative by your side is essential. While there may be many options available, selecting a local Raleigh divorce attorney offers distinct advantages that can significantly impact the outcome of your case. Here are several compelling reasons why choosing a local attorney is in your best interest:

  1. Familiarity with Local Laws and Procedures: Wake County is one of just a few counties in North Carolina to have its own rules and procedures for divorce and family law cases. By working with a local lawyer, you’ll have an advocate who is intimately familiar with these specific laws and procedures and with the local judges and court personnel. This insight allows us to present your persuasively and anticipate potential challenges and to provide tailored legal strategies that allow you to efficiently navigate the process. 
  2. Personalized Attention and Accessibility: Our attorneys prioritize personalized attention and accessibility to clients. When you choose our team, you can expect direct communication and face-to-face meetings, facilitating a deeper understanding of your needs and concerns. This close working relationship fosters trust and enables us to advocate more effectively on your behalf.
  3. Knowledge of Local Resources and Professionals: With a presence throughout North Carolina, we enjoy established connections within the local and regional legal community, including relationships with other legal professionals, mediators, and court personnel. This network can be invaluable in navigating your divorce proceedings.
  4. Convenience and Efficiency: Choosing a local attorney offers practical advantages in terms of convenience and efficiency. You can easily schedule in-person meetings, attend court hearings, and access legal services without the need for extensive travel. This streamlines the legal process, saving you time, money, and stress during an already emotionally challenging time.
  5. Community Understanding and Empathy: We’re active in our community and understand the unique dynamics of the Raleigh community and the challenges that individuals and families may face during divorce. This localized perspective allows us to approach your case with empathy and sensitivity, recognizing the importance of preserving your well-being and addressing your specific needs and priorities.

Our Clients Tell Their Stories

These Stories Are What Keep Us Going
  • "She cares about you as a friend, not just as a client. I highly recommend Anna Blood and her legal team as they are INCREDIBLE and a winning team of pros!"
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  • "Anna is an extremely trustworthy and understanding individual, which is very beneficial to any sticky family law situation you may find yourself dealing with. She is very attentive and focused on ..."
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  • "Anna and her team is such a joy to work with! Not only is she extremely talented, she is down to earth and understanding which is a really important quality when communicating with clients. She will ..."
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Raleigh Divorce Resources

Our firm makes it a point to provide comprehensive support to clients navigating the emotional turbulence of divorce. This includes providing them with access to and information about various local resources that may be beneficial as they progress through their cases. Some helpful local resources include:

  • Wake County Family Court: Wake County is one of a handful of jurisdictions in North Carolina to have specialized rules and procedures for Family Court. If you’re matter falls within this jurisdiction, you can learn more about local rules and forms here
  • Wake County Bar Association: The Wake County Bar Association provides a directory of family lawyers and updates about local family court matters. Visit WakeCountyBar.org.
  • Legal Aid of North Carolina - Raleigh Office: Legal Aid of North Carolina offers free legal assistance to low-income individuals and families facing various legal issues, including family law matters. Visit LegalAidNC.org.
  • Family Support Network of Central Carolina: FSNCC provides resources, support, and advocacy for families with children with special needs or chronic illnesses. Visit FSNCC.org.

Call to Request a Personalized Consultation: (704) 286-0570

Initiating a divorce can seem like a daunting endeavor, but with the help of experienced and compassionate attorneys like those at Blood Law, PLLC, you can gain access to the support and counsel you need to approach the process in the best possible position.

Our Raleigh divorce lawyers have been trusted by countless clients across Wake County and surrounding North Carolina communities. To learn how we can help you, give us a call at (704) 286-0570 or contact us online to request your initial consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Helping You Every Step of the Way
  • To file for divorce in Raleigh, NC, you or your spouse must have been a resident of North Carolina for at least six months prior to filing. Additionally, one of you must have resided in Wake County for at least three months before filing.

  • The timeline for an uncontested divorce in Wake County, NC, can vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case and the court's schedule. However, uncontested divorces generally proceed more quickly than contested ones and may be finalized in as little as a few months.

    The largest factor when it comes to facilitating a faster and more efficient divorce is your ability to agree with a spouse on major issues, such as custody and property division. If you’re willing to communicate and strike compromise without court intervention, you can greatly improve the efficiency of your case.

  • In Raleigh, North Carolina, you can file for divorce on the grounds of separation for a period of one year or more. This means that if you and your spouse have lived separately for at least one year with the intent of ending the marriage, and at least one spouse was a resident of North Carolina for the previous six consecutive months, you can obtain an absolute divorce, which is the type of divorce in which final orders for matters such as marital property, child custody, and support are outlined.

    This is opposed to a divorce from bed and board, which results in a court decree certifying a couple’s legal separation but is not an official divorce. Divorce from bed and board is not used very often in today’s North Carolina.

    While the absence of minor children can make for a more efficient case, since custody matters are often one of the most contentious and time-consuming aspects of divorce, even divorces without children can pose challenges. This is true not only of matters like property division, another issues that’s commonly subject to dispute, but also in cases involving domestic violence and issues that bring a spouse’s fault into question.
  • When filing for divorce in Wake County, NC, you will typically need to gather documents such as your marriage certificate, financial records, tax returns, and any relevant agreements or contracts between you and your spouse. These records will aid your attorney in negotiations when resolving critical issues such as asset and debt division.

  • A Raleigh divorce attorney experienced in handling high-net-worth cases can provide specialized expertise in navigating complex financial matters, such as the valuation and division of significant assets, business interests, and investments, to ensure that your financial interests are protected during divorce proceedings.

    At Blood Law, PLLC, we know clients with complex and high-value estates have many concerns when it comes to the division of assets. As such, we often work with financial experts, business valuators, and other expert witnesses to strengthen our clients’ cases and position them to protect their rights and interests.
  • A divorce attorney in Raleigh, NC, can provide guidance on strategies for protecting your assets during separation, such as negotiating a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, valuing and documenting assets, and representing your interests during property division proceedings.

  • Relocating with a child after a divorce in Wake County, NC, may require court approval, especially if the move would significantly impact the child's relationship with the other parent. Factors considered by the court may include the child's best interests and the reasons for the proposed relocation.

    If you have plans to relocate with your child after a divorce, our attorneys can help assess your available options, set realistic expectations, and navigate the custody process.
  • When choosing a divorce lawyer in Raleigh, NC, it's important to look for qualities such as experience, their track record in family law, responsiveness, communication skills, and a track record of success in handling cases like yours. Additionally, consider whether the attorney's approach aligns with your goals and priorities for the divorce process.

  • Yes. You can get divorced even if your spouse doesn’t want to.

    North Carolina is what’s considered a hybrid state, which means that while there are cases where family judges can consider certain conduct or acts of marital misconduct against a spouse when determining fault, spouses can still seek a divorce without having to prove that one party did something to cause the split.

    Typically, the most common way to get a no-fault, absolute divorce in North Carolina is on the grounds of a one-year separation. Some important things to note:

    • Spouses must live separately, not in different sleeping quarters or parts of the same home.
    • You don’t need official paperwork to prove that you were separated for 12 months. Just know the date of separation.
    • Isolated moments of activities or sexual relations together are permissible, but if you reconcile and move back in or resume any activity of a “normal” marriage, the 12-month clock will restart if you separate again.
  • A Raleigh divorce lawyer can assist you in negotiating a parenting plan that addresses your unique circumstances and prioritizes the best interests of your child. This may involve determining custody arrangements, visitation schedules, and decision-making authority regarding the child's upbringing.

  • The division of retirement savings in a divorce will depend on various factors, including state laws, the type of retirement accounts involved, and the contributions made by both spouses during the marriage. A divorce attorney can advise you on how to protect your retirement savings and negotiate a fair division.

  • In Wake County divorces, marital property is divided according to the principle of equitable distribution. In property division matters, it’s important to understand what constitutes marital and separate property:

    • Marital property includes all assets and debts acquired by either spouse during a marriage, regardless of whose name is on the title or account. This includes income earned, real estate purchased, retirement savings accumulated, and debts incurred during the marriage.
      • Example: If a couple purchases a home together during their marriage, even if only one spouse's name is on the deed, it is considered marital property and subject to equitable distribution upon divorce.
    • Separate Property: Separate property includes assets and debts acquired by either spouse before the marriage or acquired during the marriage by gift or inheritance to one spouse. Separate property is typically not subject to division in a divorce.
      • Example: If one spouse inherits a sum of money from their family during the marriage and keeps it separate from marital funds, it is likely considered separate property and may not be subject to division during divorce proceedings.

    When it comes to dividing assets and debts deemed marital property, judges will consider several factors. These include the duration of the marriage, each spouse's income and earning potential, contributions to the marriage, and any relevant agreements between the spouses.

Our Promise to Our Clients

  • Convenient Locations

    With offices in Charlotte, Waxhaw, Lake Norman & Fort Mill, we make it easier for families across North Carolina & South Carolina to find quality counsel.

  • Children Come First
    With the complexities of family law, we put the well-being and safety of your children at the forefront of your case.
  • Team-Driven Environment
    When you work with Blood Law, PLLC, you work with our entire team. Everyone is here to support you through each step.
  • Honest Guidance
    We create personalized plans for each client while setting realistic expectations on the possible outcomes of the case.

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