After you and your spouse have decided to dissolve your marriage, you may be wondering what to do next. You may have disagreements about property division or custody of your children. Even if you agree on many issues, divorce is a complicated proceeding. You may need the help of divorce attorneys in Greensboro NC to help you with the process.
Hiring an experienced divorce firm can help you achieve a favorable outcome. Morgenstern & Associates has an in-depth knowledge of family law backed by 40 years of combined experience. Yet, we also understand this is an emotionally difficult time for you and treat you with compassion.
The Divorce Process With A Greensboro Family Law Firm
Often, a divorce isn’t a surprise for either partner in the marriage. Most of the time, you’ve faced insurmountable problems making the marriage unworkable. Some people wait to speak to a lawyer worrying it will commit them towards a course of action.
However, if your marriage has deteriorated to the point that you’re thinking of a divorce, your partner likely is too. Meeting with a lawyer sooner rather than later can help protect your rights.
When you speak to a divorce attorney in Greensboro NC, know that your conversation is confidential. Bound by attorney-client privilege, your lawyer won’t repeat any part of your discussion to anyone outside of the legal team. Thus, you can speak freely about the details of your case.
After gathering facts, we can advise you on the best course of action. If you’re not yet separated, we may recommend drafting a separation agreement. This document spells out the agreed-upon terms of the separation. If you have lived apart for the length of time required by statute, you may want to file for divorce.
When you meet with us, we’ll assess your situation and help you decide what to do. Focusing on your best interest, we’ll suggest realistic alternatives to fighting your issues in court. Our concern is achieving a favorable outcome for you.
Barbara Morgenstern and Ashley Bennington Are Divorce Lawyers Greensboro NC Bar Association Recommends
When searching for family law attorneys in Greensboro NC, it may seem like you have an extensive list of candidates. However, not all lawyers will have the characteristics you want to assist you in your divorce.
First, you want a lawyer who has experience in handling family law cases. As board certified family law specialists, both Barbara Morgenstern and Ashley Bennington have extensive knowledge of divorce proceedings.
In addition, Barbara is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Some requirements for this distinction include a minimum of 10 years admission to the bar and passing a National Exam. (Note: While the AAML requires a National Exam in some states, it is not required in states that have a specialization exam like NC.) Moreover, the applicant must possess a reputation for honesty, integrity, and professionalism.
Furthermore, U.S. News & World Report ranks our firm as Tier 1 in family law. This is the highest-ranking award based on a rigorous evaluation process. Both clients and lawyers evaluate firms on several factors including expertise, responsiveness, and cost-effectiveness.
Costs Associated With A Divorce
When couples decide to divorce, family court handles the dissolution of marriage. To dissolve your marriage, your need to file certain documents with the court. The court processes, reviews, and stores these documents. Of course, you’ll pay a charge for this service known as filing fees.
Sometimes, you may have to hire experts to help with the division of property associated with your divorce. For example, you’ll have to hire a real estate appraiser to determine the value of your home. If divorcing couples can’t agree on the best custody arrangement, a child psychologist may be helpful.
Additionally, you’ll have attorney fees when you hire a divorce firm to handle your case. An expert in family law, your lawyer can guide you through complicated proceedings. With an extensive knowledge of statutes and case law, your Greensboro family law team will fight for your rights.
FAQs About Hiring Good Divorce Attorneys In Greensboro NC
Getting a divorce is hard enough without having to search through all the divorce attorneys in Greensboro NC. To help you in your search, we’ve put together some commonly asked questions.
Where Should I Begin My Search?
Usually, most searches begin by asking family, friends, and coworkers for referrals. Moreover, legal directories like Martindale-Hubble and Avvo provide reviews and ratings to assist you in your search. Additionally, the state bar association maintains a list of board certified specialist lawyers.
Finally, once you’ve selected an attorney, it’s important to meet face to face. Sometimes, a lawyer can be highly qualified, but you’re not comfortable with the attorney’s style. During your divorce process, you’ll need to share very personal information. Being able to share sensitive information is critical to settle your case quickly.
Can I Settle My Divorce Out Of Court?
Yes. In North Carolina, it isn’t necessary to settle a divorce in court. Sometimes, you can agree on your own to the terms of your divorce. Other times, many couples can settle their disagreements with the help of a mediator. Notably, mediation is available in cases where there has been no lawsuit filed, but is mandatory in cases where there is litigation over claims for alimony or property settlement.
Certainly, settling your divorce outside of court is cheaper, quicker, and less stressful. That’s why we strive to avoid court if at all possible by suggesting realistic alternatives. However, sometimes going to court becomes necessary.
Are There Tax Consequences?
Certainly, aspects of your divorce, division of property and child support arrangements can affect your tax liability. Notably, there are currently no tax consequences associated with alimony. That could change in 2026. Furthermore, you may have new responsibilities under the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA). While the IRS provides some valuable information, you may want to consult a certified public accountant.
How Do I Make An Appointment?
It’s easy! Simply call us at 336-203-9110 and one of our friendly staff members will schedule you. When you’re facing a divorce, Morgenstern & Associates will help you navigate through your challenges.