Skillful, Experienced & Effective Divorce Attorneys

We concentrate our practice exclusively in the areas of family and divorce law, and serve clients in the greater Fayetteville area.

Emphasizing comprehensive, compassionate, and cutting-edge service, our law attorneys offer expertise in professional trial advocacy, negotiation, collaborative law, prenuptial and postnuptial agreement, child custody and support, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, child custody and supportspousal maintenanceproperty division, and modifications and enforcement.

At Rand and Gregory PA, we pride ourselves on quality work and achieving positive and highly satisfactory results for our clients. Our skilled divorce lawyers are fully committed to offering each of our clients:

  • Personal attention
  • Prompt responses to individual needs and inquiries
  • Thorough and clearly stated explanations of your options
  • Creative solutions to difficult and complex problems
  • An extensive menu of legal processes, including litigation, negotiation, mediation, and collaborative law

Any legal issue may be fraught with tension, especially divorce and other family law issues, but even divorce does not need to be emotionally devastating. Our family law attorney can help individuals navigate complex and delicate matters, always working to minimize stress and strain on families. In certain select situations, mediation or collaborative law may be the right answer to resolve issues to everyone’s advantage and in other situations, there is no choice but to litigate.  With our experience we can help clients figure out what process is right for them.

Child Custody

Experienced Child Custody Lawyers Fayetteville, NC

Rand and Gregory PA provides compassionate legal advice and counsel with regard to child custody matters, understanding that child custody is often one of the most difficult issues to resolve.

Child Custody Laws – Legal & Physical Custody

Child custody laws are distinguished between legal and physical custody of a child. Legal custody refers to the responsibility to make major life decisions for a child, and physical custody refers to where a child will primarily reside. When determining the type of custody arrangement that is in a child’s best interests, courts look at many factors, such as:

  • Which parent has been the child’s primary caretaker
  • The quality of each parent’s home environment
  • The parenting skills of each parent, their strengths and weaknesses, and their ability to provide for the child’s special needs, if any
  • The mental and physical health of the parents, including whether either parent drinks or uses drugs
  • Whether there has been domestic violence in the family
  • The work schedules and child care plans of each parent
  • The child’s relationships with brothers, sisters, and members of the rest of the family
  • If the child is old enough, which parent the child wants to live with
  • Each parent’s ability to cooperate with the other parent and to encourage a relationship with the other parent, when it is safe to do so

An experienced child custody lawyer can help divorcing parents achieve fair and beneficial child custody arrangements, often through processes of mediation or collaborative law, which avoid the stress and uncertainty of trial. Should litigation become necessary to protect our clients’ rights, however, we will go to court and zealously advocate on behalf of our clients’ interests.

Child Custody Law – Sole & Joint Custody

Both legal and physical custody may be sole or joint. In joint legal custody, the parents make major decisions about the child together, such as decisions regarding education, health, and religion, while the smaller, day-to-day decisions are made by the parent who is physically caring for the child at the time. In sole legal custody, only one parent has the right to make major decisions about the child.

Child Custody – Visitation (Parenting Time)

If one parent is awarded sole physical custody, the other parent is almost always given access to the child, with courts aiming to provide “frequent and meaningful” parenting time with the child. Under New York child custody laws, visitation may be unsupervised, supervised, or therapeutically supervised. This means that even an abusive parent can get supervised daytime visitation with his or her child.

ANY child custody lawyer from Rand and Gregory PA also help clients modify a custody or visitation order if there is a significant change of circumstances that affects the child’s best interests.

Child Support

Expertise in Child Support Law

Rand and Gregory PA help clients determine child support payments at the time of divorce, and also help clients modify or enforce child support arrangements after a divorce has been finalized. With decades of divorce and family law experience, we are able to explain how child support in Fayetteville is calculated, and effectively assert the rights of custodial and non-custodial parents.

Child Custody Attorneys Explain Child Support

Fayetteville child support laws hold parents responsible for the financial support of their children until a child reaches 21 years of age. When a parent does not live with his or her child, he or she is required to pay child support to the custodial parent or to the person who is taking care of the child. Child support includes:

  • Cash payments based on the parent’s income and the needs of the child; and
  • Health insurance or medical support for the child; and
  • Payments for child care; and
  • Payments for reasonable health care costs that are not covered by health insurance or regular medical support; and
  • Typically, payments for educational expenses and extra-curricular expenses.

Under child support laws in Fayetteville, support payments are based on combined parental net income. Each parent is required to submit a Statement of Net Worth to the court, which is a form listing all of a person’s financial information in detail, including income, expenses, assets, property, and debts. Once the court determines each parent’s income, it will add the amounts together and multiply that number by a percentage, depending on how many children the parents have together:

The resulting amount is then divided based on the proportion of each parent’s net income to the combined parental net income. This final calculation determines how much a non-custodial parent will be required to pay the custodial parent in child support.

Preparing a Statement of Net Worth and calculating child support payments is difficult without a skilled and experienced child support lawyer. Our attorneys will explain the child support guidelines, and how the process of paying and receiving child support works in Fayetteville.

Spousal Maintenance

Experienced Alimony & Spousal Support Attorneys

Our attorneys assist clients in all matters related to divorce, including pre-divorce spousal maintenance and post-divorce spousal support determinations.

Alimony in Fayetteville – Spousal Maintenance

Spousal maintenance, previously called alimony, is the legal term for money one spouse or former spouse may be required to pay the other spouse after divorce. While spousal maintenance may be set for life, it is generally awarded for a specific period of time. To determine the amount and duration of a maintenance award, courts consider these factors:

  • The income and property of each spouse, including each spouse’s share of the marital property as divided by the court
  • The length of the marriage
  • The age and health of the parties
  • The present and future earning capacity of both spouses
  • A spouse’s need to incur training or education expenses
  • The existence and duration of a joint household before marriage or separate households before divorce
  • Acts by one spouse against the other that inhibit the other’s earning capacity or ability to get a job
  • The ability of the party seeking maintenance to become self-supporting, and the time and training it will require
  • Whether the spouse seeking maintenance has reduced or lost lifetime earning capacity as a result of having forgone or delayed education, training, employment, or career opportunities during the marriage
  • Where the children live
  • Whether a spouse’s earning capacity is inhibited by ongoing care of children, stepchildren, adult children with disabilities, or elderly parents or in-laws
  • Whether one spouse will have trouble finding work due to age or absence from the workforce
  • Exceptional, additional expenses for the children
  • The tax consequences to each party
  • The equitable distribution of marital property
  • The contributions and services of the party seeking maintenance as a spouse, parent, wage earner, homemaker, and to the career or career potential of the other party
  • The wasteful dissipation of marital property by either spouse
  • Any transfer or encumbrance made in contemplation of a matrimonial action without fair consideration
  • The loss, availability, and cost of health insurance
  • Any other factor that the court expressly finds just and proper

Spousal Support in Fayetteville – Temporary Spousal Maintenance

If spouses are in the midst of divorce, a spouse who earns less than his or her spouse may be eligible for temporary spousal maintenance, or spousal support, while the divorce case continues. A law was passed in 2010 that provides a formula and factors for courts to consider in calculating temporary spousal maintenance, with many of the factors the same as or similar to those determining spousal maintenance after a divorce.

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Helping Family Members In Fatal Accident Cases

Tragically, some accidents prove to be fatal. If you have lost a loved one in an accident, we can help you pursue a wrongful death claim. We know that there is no amount of compensation that can make up for your loss. However, we can help send a message that negligent acts will not be tolerated in North Carolina.

We Understand How To Maximize Compensation

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