Family Law

Making the decision to meet with a family law attorney can be difficult in and of itself.  Whether you’re the spouse considering divorce or the spouse on the receiving end of such a decision, there is a high level of uncertainty and emotion in the process.  At Essex Richards, we know how to tailor our legal services and skills to best serve each client’s individual situation.

With a combined total of more than 70 years of family law experience, our team can advocate for you in the manner your situation requires. For most people, that means negotiating a resolution without litigation, using mediation, or collaborative methods to reach a final conclusion. The emotional and financial costs of litigation frequently discourage people from litigating these personal issues. Clients who are actively involved in the negotiated results of their own issues have a greater satisfaction and sense of accomplishment when the case is concluded. When litigation is the only viable option, however, your Essex Richards advocate is well equipped to navigate the court process and prepare your case for trial.

At the core of meaningful family law representation is an understanding of a client’s goals, which encompasses the client’s desires, needs and everything in between. While the basic issues of a “typical” divorce might include property division (equitable distribution), support (child support and/or alimony) and custody, the reality is that each situation is unique.  Oftentimes, a client’s goals in all areas may shift over the course of the negotiations or court preparations. Understanding what you find most important is critical to making it to the other side with your sense of integrity and resolve intact.

When children are involved, they’re always the most important issue. Spouses with children will be forever intertwined long after the dust settles and a divorce judgment is inked. Managing the process during the initial separation period and even throughout negotiations is key to preserving the integrity of the family from the children’s perspectives. It is not uncommon for spouses to need help learning how to co-parent after separation, and your Essex Richards advocate can facilitate connections to a family counselor, divorce coach, or parent coordinator.

Family law clients’ needs generally encompass a variety of issues, and your Essex Richards advocates are trained in the following areas:

  • Adoptions
  • Agreements
    • Postnuptial
    • Prenuptial
    • Property settlement
    • Separation
  • Alienation of affections
  • Alimony and post-separation support
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Collaborative family law
  • Contempt and enforcement of court orders
  • Divorce and annulment
  • Domestic violence
  • Equitable distribution (division of assets and debts)
  • Mediation and arbitration
  • Modification of orders
  • Qualified domestic relations orders
  • Separation
  • Termination of parental rights

How We Helped...

I cannot say enough good things about the work that [Essex Richards] did for me as I went through my divorce. [My lawyer] did a great job of keeping me focused on the important issues while at the same time recognizing and validating the emotional side of things. The divorce process is a terrible thing to go through and having the right advocate to help you navigate through it is critical and I cannot believe there is a better [firm] in Charlotte at doing that than [Essex Richards].