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Welcome to Jackson Family Law
Providing personalized, practical solutions in divorce & family law.
- Child Custody & Child Support
- Postseparation Support & Alimony
- Equitable Distribution
- Retirement & QDROs
- Prenuptial Agreements & Postmarital Agreements
Absolute divorce is a straightforward proceeding in North Carolina that is resolved independently from other issues that arise when parties end their marriage. A party may file for absolute divorce once the parties have (1) lived separate and apart from each other, (2) for at least one year, and (3) at least one party has the intention to end the parties’ marital cohabitation.
Jackson Family Law understands the emotions, practical considerations, and the complex financial decisions that arise when a marriage ends. We will guide you through the divorce process – and everything that comes along with it – from beginning to end.
Child Custody & Child Support
In North Carolina, “legal custody” determines which parent has the authority to make decisions for a child while “physical custody” refers to the schedule by which each parent spends time with the child. Child support is calculated based upon the unique circumstances of each case, including each parent’s schedule of custodial time with the child, the insurance and work-related child care expenses paid by each parent for the benefit of the child, and the income of each parent.
Jackson Family Law has years of experience with handling child custody cases of all kinds, from amicable co-parenting relationships to complex high-conflict situations, and the child support arrangements that are appropriate for each case. We also are knowledgeable about third-party custody situations, same-sex parents, and the constitutional issues that sometimes arise in parenting and custody cases.
Postseparation Support & Alimony
Spousal support – referred to as “postseparation support” and “alimony” in North Carolina – may be awarded where there is an income disparity between the spouses and one spouse requires financial support from the other to meet his/her reasonable monthly needs.
Jackson Family Law provides thoughtful, detailed analysis and advice about spousal support, how a potential spousal support claim intersects with child support and equitable distribution, and the possible tax consequences of paying or receiving spousal support.
North Carolina provides for an equitable distribution between spouses of all marital property and marital debt that was acquired during the parties’ marriage and prior to their separation. The distribution of marital property and debt may be equal between the parties, or a greater share of the marital property and debt may be distributed to one party based upon various factors that justify an unequal distribution between the parties.
Jackson Family Law strives toward creative and sensible solutions in equitable distribution that maximize the financial security of our clients. We handle equitable distributions cases of all size, including large and/or complex estates, and we frequently consult with other professionals (tax professionals, trust & estate lawyers, business valuation experts, real estate appraisers, professional organizers, and whoever else may be needed in a particular case), to ensure that we address every aspect of our client’s needs.
Retirement & QDROs
Retirement benefits are valuable assets subject to equitable distribution when parties separate and divorce. Pensions, defined contributions plans (such as a 401(k) or 403(b) account), governmental benefits (such as TSERS, LGERS, CJRS, TSP, FERS, and CSRS), military pensions, annuities, non-qualified plans, and IRAs can be complicated to divide in equitable distribution and are subject to specific tax considerations.
Jackson Family Law has extensive experience with all types of retirement and deferred compensation assets, both for our clients and as a frequent consultant to other North Carolina family lawyers. Our services can include the calculation of the marital portion of benefits to be divided, advice about how to accomplish the division of a particular retirement asset, and the drafting of necessary language to accomplish the assignment of benefits.
Prenuptial Agreements & Postmarital Agreements
North Carolina law gives broad flexibility to spouses (and future spouses!) to agree about what will happen with their finances and property in the event of a future separation. These agreements can be simple or complex, depending on the needs and wishes of the spouses.
Jackson Family Law offers insightful and practical advice to clients at all stages of the marriage process and in all phases of life as they consider whether a marital contract is appropriate for their situation and how it may impact their future.
Recognized by Business North Carolina magazine
as one of the “Legal Elite” in North Carolina
and as a “Rising Star”, a “Top 50 Women Lawyer,” and
a “Top 100 Lawyer” by North Carolina Super Lawyers
Recognized by Business North Carolina magazine and as a “Rising Star”, a “Top 50 Women Lawyer,” and as one of the “Legal Elite” in North Carolina a “Top 100 Lawyer” by North Carolina Super Lawyers