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Experienced Guidance In Divorce Matters

The Law Office of Martha McKee has been a trusted resource in divorce and family law in North Carolina’s Triangle area since 2001. Attorney Martha McKee and the rest of the legal team have the experience, knowledge and compassion needed to guide you through this difficult time.

The Basics Of Divorce

In North Carolina, couples must live separate and apart for a year before filing for divorce. You can and should work with a family law attorney during this period to resolve your particular issues so that you may move on to your new life. During this one-year period, couples can try to resolve divorce-related matters such as property and asset division, spousal and child support matters, as well as custody issues. Most often Ms. McKee advises handling these legal matters by way of contract, a “Separation Agreement,” but in some cases,  private mediators may need to step in, or litigation may need to be pursued to best advance your legal rights as a newly separated person.

Separation Agreements And Their Benefits

A Separation Agreement sets out the respective rights and obligations of a separating couple when their marriage ends without the need for going through court. Such an agreement may resolve many details related to the divorce process, such as:

  • Equitable distribution (or property division): Assets and debts accumulated during the marriage are divided fairly according to specific legal statutes.
  • Child custody and child support: Negotiating child custody matters among parents and obtaining fair child support payments. Physical custody determines scheduled custodial time, while legal custody determines decision-making matters and the like.
  • Spousal support (alimony and post-separation support): Evaluating legal grounds that determine the right to receive or the requirement to pay spousal support, for how long and how much. Post-separation support is temporary, while alimony is “permanent,” although permanent may not mean forever.

Contact Our Experienced Team To Find Out How We Can Help

The Law Office of Martha McKee, in Durham, North Carolina, will provide reliable legal representation in your divorce case. Our lawyers are dependable, knowledgeable and attentive, focused on each one of our clients. To arrange your initial consultation, call us at 919-479-5588 or send us an email.