Raleigh Divorce Lawyers

Ending your marriage can be an intense, long-lasting emotional strain, even in the best of circumstances. You might be struggling with depression, feelings of isolation, anxiety, and frustration. On top of the emotional toll, a divorce requires you to restructure your life and your finances. You and your spouse have to come to agreements about property division and money even while coping with the reality of your marriage coming to an end. The decisions you make during a divorce will have consequences for your future and will impact any children you might have. It’s true, going through a divorce can be an absolutely overwhelming experience, but it doesn’t have to be.

It’s an understatement to say that divorce is tough, but the skilled Raleigh divorce attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC can help make the process as painless as possible. We can provide legal counsel so that you understand your rights and know what to expect from the divorce process. We can also serve as your legal representative, taking some of the formal filing burdens off your shoulders. Additionally, our divorce lawyers are ready to help you achieve an amicable, desirable outcome to your divorce by mediating between you and your spouse. We can also aggressively protect your rights when it comes to any serious disagreements or disputes concerning child custody, alimony, property division, and other issues. With our help, you can emerge from your divorce with your dignity intact and your best interests protected. Learn more about how we can help you by calling 919-833-1040.

Types of Cases We Handle

When we think about family, we would like to think that our matters never involve the law. Our families and our homes are meant to be personal and friendly, and we tend to think of the law as operating on a public or stressful scale. However, legal issues involving even our most intimate relationships can arise. At Marshall & Taylor PLLC, we have the knowledge and the experience necessary to handle a wide variety of these legal issues including:


Any legal dispute that concerns those closest to you will be emotionally difficult and personally draining. It is important that you choose a distinguished family law practitioner who possesses the knowledge to safeguard your rights and help you handle your case with dignity. Whether you are going through a divorce or seeking a restraining order, our lawyers will prioritize your interests and well-being.

Divorce in North Carolina

Most everyone has heard the statistic that about half of all marriages in America end in divorce. The statistics, however, reveal that the issue is slightly more complicated. The likelihood of a marriage ending in divorce depends on a lot of factors, including the ages of the spouses and whether it is someone’s first, second, or third (or more) marriage. Divorce across the nation has been on the decline, but thousands upon thousands of people still go through it each year. The North Carolina Health and Human Services keeps track of the divorce rate on a state level, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention let us glimpse national averages and statistics. A few telling numbers include:

  • 30,816 divorces in North Carolina in 2015
  • 2,446 divorces in Wake County, including Raleigh, in 2015
  • 813,862 divorces in in the U.S. in 2014
  • In 2014, the divorce rate in North Carolina was 3.4 percent while the national average was 3.2 percent
Going through a spousal separation or divorce can feel incredibly lonely. Many people feel alienated from other family members and, often, close friends. They even have trouble connecting with their children as they handle stress and spend time and energy on the divorce. It can be helpful to remember that a vast number of people every year work through divorce and separation only to find fulfillment and happiness afterward. While it can definitely cause heartache and anxiety as it unfolds, divorce has the potential to significantly simplify and improve your life.

The Basics of Divorce in North Carolina

North Carolina is a “no-fault state,” meaning that you do not have to establish any blame if you want to divorce your spouse. You can obtain a divorce from the courts without any reason other than wanting to end your marriage. However, if your spouse has been emotionally abusive, unfaithful, physically abusive, or has become addicted to drugs or alcohol, this may impact divorce-related issues such as child custody and property division.

There are two legal grounds for absolute divorce in North Carolina. They are:

  • Living apart from your spouse for at least one year
  • A mental illness, which shows no sign of improvement, and has caused both spouses to live apart for three years
Additionally, at least one spouse must have been living in North Carolina for at least six months to obtain a divorce in this state. It does not matter whether you married in or outside of North Carolina.

Going through a divorce can be emotional and painful for all parties involved. An experienced divorce lawyer can minimize the emotional damage of a divorce by mediating between you and your spouse and ensuring that the divorce concludes as favorably and quickly as possible. Sometimes the issues that arise are unexpected. For example, consider an individual who has decided to end their marriage. They approach their spouse to discuss the issue, who promises to contest any and all points that come up in the divorce. The contesting spouse threatens that if the if the person seeking a divorce leaves their home to try to live elsewhere, it will count as child and spousal abandonment. A skilled divorce lawyer is necessary in this case for several reasons. For one, a lawyer can often help smooth things over between the parties involved. When tempers are running high, it can be immensely helpful to have an outside perspective. For another, a lawyer could help the individual who wants to end the marriage decide how best to proceed. Since absolute divorce requires living separately for a year, it is important that the person does not compromise their position or accidentally give up their rights.

Family Law and Divorce Frequently Asked Questions

If you are facing a legal issue that involves members of your family, you probably have a lot of questions. We have put together a short list of some of the most common inquiries for your reference. A dedicated legal professional can answer any other questions you may have before you decide to hire a lawyer or take any official action.

What is family law?

Family law handles the legal issues surrounding intimate family relationships including but not limited to marriage, divorce, adoption, child custody, restraining orders, and alimony. A skilled family law professional can help you protect your rights, your finances, and your child or children’s well-being through a variety of family-related legal disputes. For example, an experienced lawyer can help you navigate the complex adoption rules and regulations in North Carolina, making a difficult, stressful process proceed as smoothly as possible. A lawyer can also help you arrive at a fair, satisfactory divorce outcome.

Do I need to hire a lawyer for my divorce?

While it is technically possible to file for divorce without an attorney in North Carolina, it is almost always in your best interest to obtain legal counsel. Many individuals ask this question when the separation or divorce is mutually amicable; both parties involved simply want to end the marriage without any ill-will or bad feelings. Even in these situations, it is still of great importance that you protect your rights, your property, and your child or children. Divorce can involve a great number of complex, unforeseen issues such as the division of assets and property, child custody, child support, and alimony. A skilled lawyer can help you navigate the legal minefield of divorce so that you can safeguard your interests.

Additionally, many people assume that hiring a lawyer will necessarily increase the aggression or tension in the divorce proceedings. With the right lawyer, this will not be the case. In fact, an experienced divorce lawyer will be able to anticipate problems and smoothly deal with issues as they arise. Hiring compassionate, experienced legal representation can wind up making your divorce more civil and harmonious.

Why should I choose Marshall & Taylor PLLC?

Our divorce lawyers understand that our clients are already going through an exceptionally trying time from the minute they step into our office. That’s why we value clear, open, honest communication with the people we serve. We want to favorably wrap up your case as swiftly and as smoothly as possible so that you can move forward with your life. However, even though we treat our clients with the utmost compassion, we are well-equipped to fight aggressively to protect your rights. Our divorce lawyers understand the value of diplomacy and mediation. If those approaches do not work, we are more than willing to defend you, your finances, and your children to the full extent of the law.

Additionally, Jeffrey E. Marshall is Board Certified in family law, a distinction that means he has met high standards set by the North Carolina State Bar.

See What Our Clients Are Saying

I would recommend anyone in need of a divorce attorney to contact Jeff Marshall. Going through a divorce is tough enough, and Jeff’s extensive knowlege of Family Law paired with true professionalism helped me get through divorce with dignity.

- E

Looking for an attorney whose ethics and morals are above reproach? Look no further than the attorneys at Marshall & Taylor... He has my strongest recommendation if you are in need of a professional attorney who not only understands the law, but is highly experienced and cost effective! -Jody from Avvo

- Phenomenal Cost-Effective Attorney

The divorce process is tough. Not only is it emotionally difficult and physically draining, but the actual legal process itself is simply unchartered territory for most of us. When my spouse served me with a separation papers & an out of this world financial proposal — I nearly had a heart attack. I was just plain shocked and totally unprepared for the ridiculous and unjustified financial demands that she wanted. I was an emotional wreck, but in a panic, I called my CPA advisor and asked for help. I’ve known my CPA for over 5 years having found him thru the Dave Ramsey website. When I asked him to recommend a divorce attorney, he gave me one name, Jeff Marshal. I’m not going to attempt to list all the reasons you should call Jeff, but I can attest that you will not be sorry you called. The divorce process has significant and lasting implications on everything important in your life after divorce. Make sure you that you have Jeff by your side when these decisions are being made, I am certain that you will be glad you did.

- I recommend Jeff Marshall

MR Marshall prepared my Premarital Agreement for me. I am extremely pleased with the results. He provided excatly what I asked and more. I would highly recommend Mr. Marshall to anyone needing his services. - Client from Avvo

- Great Job!

I recently used Jeff Marshall to settle my drawn-out and contentious divorce and custody cases, and found him to be extremely helpful. He took his time to get to know me and my situation, helped me make decisions moving forward, gave me great advice on things that I could do that would limit the time he needed to spend on the case (thus dropping my bill), and represented me quite well during my custody hearing. Having Jeff as my attorney was, in my opinion, critical to positive outcome I received from the custody hearing. - Client from Avvo

- Great attorney!

Jeff Marshall has been a great attorney during a difficult life event. He always responded to my questions and concerns in a timely manner and was great at making me understand the process from start to finish. - Client from Avvo

- Great lawyer!

Jeff has always been my go to attorney when it comes to family law. He is unbiased and fair and has a great interpretation of the law. Divorce is not a fun process and sometimes following advice of someone other than yourself is hard to do. Looking back Jeff was spot on. His advice has saved me thousands of dollars! - Client from Avvo

- Invaluable Advice

Jeff and his team helped me with my seperation and divorce. I was very happy with my settlement and the way they were able to just focus on the buisness at hand which was to protect my interests. Most of this process was conducted while I was living in another state, but Jeff and his team kept me informed throughout the process. I would recommend him without reservation. - Client from Avvo

- Very Satisfied Customer

Mr. Marshall is a superb attorney. He understands the law better than anyone else with whom I consulted. He is very prompt in responding to email and voicemail. He kept me from making several major mistakes that my previous attorney had nearly made and would have cost me big. Mr. Marshall is more expensive than others, but he is also more efficient so it may not make a difference in the long run. - Client from Avvo

- Excellent Attorney

Jeffrey is a consummate professional and and a master practioner in the field of family law. He guided me through a very difficult case that concluded as favorably as possible. - Client from Avvo

- Master practitioner in the field of family law

Jeff Marshall provided solid advice and followed through on services promised. I would highly recommend Jeff to others seeking a divorce or custody attorney - Client from Avvo

- Needed Help with Divorce and Custody

He has worked with me a great deal and understands the relationship I have with my children. He believes in doing what is right and in best interest of children. I trust him with any and all legal decisions I have had to make. Jeff is truly one of the best around. I highly recommend him to anyone that has to deal with high conflict situations. - Client from Avvo

- Jeff is very straight forward and honest.

Contact Our Attorneys Today

If you are struggling with a family law matter, you need the help of a skilled, experienced lawyer. Troubles and problems involving those closest to you can be very draining. Going through a divorce or fighting to receive the alimony you need can create stress that seeps into all areas of your life.

At Marshall & Taylor PLLC, our dedicated divorce lawyers have the knowledge, the integrity, and the work ethic you need to achieve a satisfactory outcome in your family law case. Call us today at 919-833-1040 to speak with a skilled legal professional about how we can help you.

Marshall & Taylor PLLC
221 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 833-1040

Follow Us on Social Media

Search Engine Optimization for Lawyers