What We Do
Going through a divorce or another family law issue can be one of the most difficult situations in life. Our goal at Easterling Law is to make the transition go smoothly.
Our Family Law services Include help with any of the following:
- Divorce: You must be living separately for a year, and intend for that separation to be permanent to file for a divorce in North Carolina. North Carolina is no fault state, so as long as you have been separated from your spouse for one year, you do not have to show a reason for divorce, nor can you stop your spouse from obtaining a divorce.
- Separation: During the year separation, or even before a separation, a Separation Agreement can be negotiated. This process can be handled outside of court, or filed with the court if the parties are unable to come to an agreement. A Separation Agreement will address the following issues if they apply: child custody, child support, post-separation support, alimony, equitable distribution of property, and interim distribution of property.
- Post-separation Support: Many times, a marriage involves a spouse that is dependent on the other for financial support. Through post-separation support, the dependent spouse can receive much-needed financial support until a permanent order of alimony is determined.
- Alimony: There are many factors that the court considers when determining whether or not a spouse is entitled to an award of alimony. Those that have been in long-term marriages, in which a spouse is dependent on the other spouse for their financial stability, may seek alimony.
- Property Division: North Carolina courts divide the marital estate 50/50 unless there are circumstances in which this division is not equitable. Each family must first determine what is included as marital property/debt and what should be excluded, and then they must decide how this property should be divided. This is a complicated process that begins with the gathering of documents to calculate the exact amount and value of marital property at the time of separation.
- Child Custody: Most families are concerned with the effects of the divorce on their children. There are many resources, including family therapists, who can assist with a smooth transition for the family and especially the children. Many times, both parents are an intricate part of their children’s lives, but even if they aren’t, it is important to focus on what is best for the children now and in the future. This is a difficult process whether or not you have been married because children are so important.
- Child Support: The amount of child support is a calculation that is formulated to ensure that children are receiving support from both of their parents.
- Adoption: You may looking to grow your family through adoption. The court will need specific paperwork and the process includes consents, usually a home study, and possibly court hearings.
- Domestic Violence: Safety should be considered before any decisions are made regarding a family law issue. Statistics show that one of the most dangerous times for a victim of domestic violence is when they are trying to leave the relationship. Please seek assistance from your local shelter for counseling services and safety plans if you believe this is something that is happening to you.
- LGBTQ+: Easterling Family Law understands and is sensitive to the needs of LGBTQ+ couples. Easterling Family Law protects same-sex couples and their families through a broad range of litigation, education, and advocacy strategies: protecting the freedom to marry, defending domestic partnership benefits, and securing parent-child relationships.
- Hispanic/Latino: Easterling Law offers legal services to Spanish-speaking clients in the Hispanic and Latino community.
At Easterling Law, we take a holistic approach to providing legal services and have structured our practice to that end. We strive to provide legal services that take into account the whole person, including their values, emotions, and unique family dynamics. We respect the dignity and integrity of every individual involved in a case, and we listen intentionally and deeply in order to gain complete understanding of the client’s needs. When possible, we help clients to achieve a non-litigated resolution of any disputes that arise.