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Knowledge is power. The more you know the easier your family law situation or divorce process will be. The problem is that the process is overwhelming. Not only must you deal with the emotions associated with your particular situation, but you will be bombarded with opinions of family and friends about what you should or should not do.

The five most important areas of a North Carolina divorce are child custody, child support, divorce, alimony and property distribution (equitable distribution). All of these issues except for the divorce may be resolved out of court in a separation agreement. We believe it is best if we can help you settle your domestic dispute and we have the experience to help you stay out of court.

During this time, it is important that you receive accurate legal advice and guidance on your rights and obligations relating to a variety of matters. At Charles R Ullman & Associations, we offer services for:

  • Adoption
  • Alimony - North Carolina law provides for alimony, or spousal support, to be paid on a periodic basis or in a lump sum from the "supporting spouse" to the "dependent spouse".
  • Annulments - a legal degree that a marriage never occurred. A marriage can be annulled if there was a serious defect at the time of the marriage ceremony.
  • Asset Division - the process of "equitable distribution" is applied by North Carolina courts to determine what assets are "marital property" and what factors must be considered for distribution of such assets.
  • Child Custody - the custody of a minor, who has not attained 18 years of age, or who suffers certain medical or mental handicaps. Legal custody, physical custody, or visitation rights assigned by the court may be permanent, temporary, or initial. Child custody is a totally separate legal issue from that of child support.
  • Child Support - the State of North Carolina has calculated child support payment guidelines based upon custody categories and the gross income of each party.
  • Death
  • Divorce - terminating a marriage. North Carolina is a "no fault" divorce state, like most states in the U.S. Neither party has to prove marital fault (for example, habitual drunkenness or addiction, adultery, domestic violence, cruel and abusive behavior or economic fault). 
  • Domestic Violence - also known as partner abuse, spouse abuse, or battering, occurs when one person uses force to inflict emotional or physical injury upon another person they have, or had, a relationship with.
  • Grandparents' Rights - More and more grandparents are being asked to play a role in supporting their children and grandchildren. The rising rate of divorce and separation as well as social problems like drug addiction and alcoholism have literally orphaned many children. 
  • Marriage
  • Paternity Suits - intended to determine the father of a child whose parents were not married when the child was born. Paternity is the legal determination of fatherhood that must be established before a court can order child support.
  • Pre-Nuptial Agreements - an agreement between a couple about to be married that is used to set out the rules that will govern their property, debts, income and expenses should the marriage eventually dissolve.
  • Post-Nuptial Agreements - a post-marital or post-nuptial agreement is similar to a pre-nuptial agreement except that the parties make the agreement after they are married.
  • Restraining Orders - a court order that protects you from physical, emotional, or financial abuse. It can also protect you from being stalked or harassed.
  • Spousal Abuse - a form of domestic violence that under North Carolina law is a crime that is taken very seriously regardless of gender.
  • Stepparents' Rights - stepparents may have the right to sue a custodial parent for partial custody or visitation of the custodial parent's minor children. This generally occurs when the stepparent and custodial parent have resided together and assumed the joint role of supporting and caring for the custodial parent's minor children.
  • Spousal Support - spousal support may be awarded by a North Carolina Court if a party can show that they are dependent on their spouse and that their spouse is, or currently was, supporting them.

Charles R. Ullman & Associates clients can expect high quality representation based on experience, efficient and thoughtful service, and concern for our clients. We know what's important: you, your family, your goals, and your case. If you want help in a family law matter, please contact us online or call us at (919) 829-1006 to schedule a consultation. We do not offer legal advice by e-mail, so please provide a phone number where you may be reached. We look forward to hearing from you.

Charles R. Ullman & Associates


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