Shelby Family Lawyer
As lawyers who have helped clients for many years in Shelby and surrounding areas to go through a North Carolina divorce, we know how stressful it can be. We believe our role at Teddy, Meekins & Talbert is to ease that stress as much as possible by providing caring, skilled help with all of the legal issues involved in dissolving marriage.
We want you to focus on the big picture: The health and happiness of yourself and your children. Meanwhile, we will focus on the details. When issues involving custody, finances, and property arise in a divorce, we know that paying close attention to those details can make a major difference. We will do our best to skillfully resolve those issues for you and help you to enter a new chapter in your life with a sense of peace and security.
To discuss your case with a family law attorney from our firm, please call or connect with us online today. We can provide a confidential consultation at our Shelby office or wherever is most convenient for you.
Our Approach to Serving Our Family Law Clients
When you meet with Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, we will listen closely to you and take the time to truly understand your circumstances and your goals. We know that every marriage is different. As a result, every person’s divorce and their related legal issues will be different, too. This is why we never take a “cookie-cutter” approach to serving our family law clients. Instead, we tailor our legal services to specifically meet their needs. When you work with a family lawyer from Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, you can expect to receive:
Thoughtful, objective analysis of your case – We know divorce can be emotionally charged. We can objectively assess your case and carefully plan and execute a strategy that is squarely aimed at reaching your goals.
Use of all our legal skills and resources – We offer a deep background in North Carolina family law and a talented, highly dedicated legal team that knows how to identify and solve legal problems for our clients.
Careful handling of issues that are important to you – For some people going through a divorce, a primary concern is maintaining custody of their children, while for others, it may be ensuring their financial interests are fully protected. We will work hard and focus on your unique objectives.
Protection of your rights and interests – We know how to use negotiation and mediation to amicably resolve differences in a divorce. However, we are also highly trained trial lawyers. If your case involves a hearing, we will aggressively advocate for you.
Open and honest communication at every stage – We offer the personalized attention that clients expect from a small-town law firm. We will always be available to answer your questions and address your concerns.
We encourage you to meet with us to learn more about the role we can play in helping you to pursue the best possible outcome in your divorce.
Legal Services We Provide to Our Family Law Clients
Properly filing for and obtaining an “absolute divorce” that legally dissolves your marriage is often only one of the many legal issues we handle for our family law clients. Teddy, Meekins & Talbert can you assist you with a wide range of other issues that may arise at different stages in your divorce, including:
To obtain a divorce in North Carolina, you and your spouse must live physically separate and apart for at least one year. Obtaining a “divorce from bed and board,” or legal separation, may be needed to force your spouse out of the house in order to “start the clock” on that one-year period.
You may be eligible for spousal support, or “alimony,” if you were financially dependent on your spouse. We can help you to make a timely demand for support. We can also assist if you are challenging the amount of support that your spouse is seeking.
Division of Marital Property
All property obtained between the date of marriage and the date of separation is “marital property” and must be equitably distributed in a North Carolina divorce. We can help you to identify, valuate and seek a fair division of the assets and debts involved in your marriage. We believe a lawyer’s help is especially important if your marriage involves:
- Real estate
- Business assets
- Extensive personal property
- Investment accounts
- Retirement funds.
We can work with accountants and other financial experts to ensure your rights and interests are fully protected in any agreement or court order involving division of your marital property.
In North Carolina, the custody of your child will be based on what serves the child’s best interest. We can help you to reach a parenting agreement with your spouse that you believe would work best for your family. If necessary, we can go to court on your behalf and pursue a custody-and-visitation arrangement that seeks to protect your child’s welfare and your rights as a parent. We can also handle cases involving grandparents’ rights to custody.
We know how important it is to ensure that your child’s “reasonable needs” are met financially when your marriage ends. Using the North Carolina Child Support Guidelines and taking into account the unique factors in your case, we can seek a child support arrangement that not only meets your child’s needs but also reflects each parent’s “relative abilities” to provide support.
We can strive to resolve issues involving support, property division and matters through a separation agreement with your spouse. In many cases, we can reach an agreement through use of a neutral “mediator,” which avoids the time and expense involved with taking those issues into court. Because the agreement will be a legally binding contract, we believe it is crucial to make sure that even the smallest details are addressed to your satisfaction.
Enforcement and Modification
After agreements are reached and court orders are entered in a divorce, a lawyer’s services may be needed. For instance, we can help you if your former spouse fails to honor a parenting agreement, pay alimony or provide child support. We can also assist if your circumstances change, and you would like to seek a modification of a separation agreement or court order.
Civil No-Contact Orders
We are highly sensitive to the abuse and domestic violence issues that may arise in a marriage. We can assist you with what is often called a “domestic violence protective order,” or DVPO, if the need arises. We will work quickly and efficiently to protect you.
Get Help Today from Our Shelby Family Law Attorneys
If it is carefully and skillfully handled, a divorce can ultimately help you and your family to move on to a satisfying new phase in life. The family law attorneys of Teddy, Meekins & Talbert are dedicated to achieving that goal for you.
Contact us today to get started with a confidential consultation about your case. We serve clients in Shelby and throughout surrounding areas, including Rutherfordton, Lincolnton, and Gastonia. We look forward to helping you.
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