Family Law Lawyers in Shelby, NC
As lawyers who have helped clients for many years in Shelby and the surrounding areas to go through a divorce, we know how stressful it can be. We believe our role at Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, PLLC, is to ease that stress as much as possible by providing caring, skilled help with all the legal issues involved in dissolving a 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 settle 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 us at (704) 396-5155 or connect with us online today. We can provide a confidential consultation at our Shelby office or wherever is most convenient for you.
When you work with a family lawyer from Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, PLLC, you can expect to receive:
- Thoughtful, objective analysis of your case – We know preparing for a 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.
“Daniel Talbert is a top-notch attorney... he has a never-give-up approach even when things look bleak.” - Roger T.
“David Teddy was more than worth the money... he actually took the time to listen.” - Rosslyn S.
“David Teddy and his team are outstanding!!! WORTH EVERY PENNY!” - Nicholas D.
“Ralph is the epitome of what a lawyer should be.” - Melinda R.
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.
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 appear in 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.
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, evaluate, and seek a fair division of the assets and debts involved in your marriage.
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 the division of your marital property.
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 the 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 Attorney
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.
Contact Our Shelby North Carolina Family Law Attorney Today
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, PLLC, are dedicated to achieving that goal for you.
Call us at (704) 396-5155 or fill out our online form for your initial consultation.
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