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Old 03-17-2010, 04:27 AM
 
Location: Dunn,NC
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Can someone recommend a good but cheap divorce lawyer that I can talk about a legal separation and a no fault divorce? Basically me and my wife split cause we love each other but our views on life where driving us crazy (especially the one where she wants to live like the Joneses and I want a quieter slower less flashy paced lifestyle). The catch is she lives in SC (soon moving back to NY) and I am living in Dunn.
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Old 03-17-2010, 08:03 AM
 
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For lawyers-- "good" & "cheap" don't really go together!! Any attorney that is good is going to charge accordingly based on experience... You may consider filing pro se (without an attorney). Some counties even have pro se divorce workshops at the Courthouse to help you through the process.

If you're looking for lower rates, your best bet may be to go with a younger attorney who has experience and is building up their clientele. An attorney I work with recommended two of his classmates from Campbell for family law:
Mariana Godwin with Wyrick & Robbins in Raleigh. 919-781-4000 Wyrick Robbins Yates&Ponton LLP
and
Brantley Tanner w/ The Law Office of Mark E. Sullivan also in Raleigh. (919) 832-8507
North Carolina Divorce Attorneys, North Carolina Family Law firm, Law Offices of Mark E. Sullivan, P.A., practicing divorce in North Carolina, military divorce, Wake County family law


If you can swing it, Sonya DuBree and Bill Marshall in Raleigh are also very good. 919-821-2001
Family Law Attorneys, Divorce, Domestic Legal Cases, Marshall Dubree Attorneys At Law, Raleigh, NC

Best of luck to you. I know this isn't easy...
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Old 03-17-2010, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I will second that - typically good & cheap do not go hand in hand with divorce lawyers. I've also heard stories aboutr bad & expensive.
For a no fault divorce, you may be able to find a solo practitioner who would charge a flat fee. If there is any kind of separation agreement involved, then costs will go up.

The Rosen Law Firm is a firm that does only family law (rosen.com) . I do not think they are cheap but they have a very informative website that does have information about filing for divorce. Also the clerks of court will sell you a package that is supposed to show you how to do the divorce part by yourself.

Keep in mind that a divorce may cut off certain property rights, etc. so you may want to at least pay for a consultation with a divorce attorney if you decide you are going to do this yourself.

My recommendation is Max Rodden - 250-2168

- Jeff
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Old 03-18-2010, 04:53 AM
 
Location: Dunn,NC
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For lawyers-- "good" & "cheap" don't really go together!! Any attorney that is good is going to charge accordingly based on experience... You may consider filing pro se (without an attorney). Some counties even have pro se divorce workshops at the Courthouse to help you through the process.

If you're looking for lower rates, your best bet may be to go with a younger attorney who has experience and is building up their clientele. An attorney I work with recommended two of his classmates from Campbell for family law:
Mariana Godwin with Wyrick & Robbins in Raleigh. 919-781-4000 Wyrick Robbins Yates&Ponton LLP
and
Brantley Tanner w/ The Law Office of Mark E. Sullivan also in Raleigh. (919) 832-8507
North Carolina Divorce Attorneys, North Carolina Family Law firm, Law Offices of Mark E. Sullivan, P.A., practicing divorce in North Carolina, military divorce, Wake County family law


If you can swing it, Sonya DuBree and Bill Marshall in Raleigh are also very good. 919-821-2001
Family Law Attorneys, Divorce, Domestic Legal Cases, Marshall Dubree Attorneys At Law, Raleigh, NC

Best of luck to you. I know this isn't easy...
Thanks I wouldn't file myself in something like this.
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Old 03-18-2010, 04:57 AM
 
Location: Dunn,NC
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I will second that - typically good & cheap do not go hand in hand with divorce lawyers. I've also heard stories aboutr bad & expensive.
For a no fault divorce, you may be able to find a solo practitioner who would charge a flat fee. If there is any kind of separation agreement involved, then costs will go up.

The Rosen Law Firm is a firm that does only family law (rosen.com) . I do not think they are cheap but they have a very informative website that does have information about filing for divorce. Also the clerks of court will sell you a package that is supposed to show you how to do the divorce part by yourself.

Keep in mind that a divorce may cut off certain property rights, etc. so you may want to at least pay for a consultation with a divorce attorney if you decide you are going to do this yourself.

My recommendation is Max Rodden - 250-2168

- Jeff
Jeff,

Thanks for the information, as for property we don't own anything jointly (and we have rented for a number of years) and the other property (like furniture, electronics, outdoor stuff) we have agreed on as well as most of other things.
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Old 03-18-2010, 07:40 AM
 
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You might be surprised how simple this is to do especially if there is no joint property or children involved. You do have to live apart, be legally separated, for one year prior to filing for divorce.
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Old 03-18-2010, 10:33 AM
 
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I think what you want is an uncontested divorce. Most of those are fairly inexpensive. Look in the yellow pages. I seem to remember a price of around $1000, but I'm not really in the market .
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Old 03-19-2010, 06:37 AM
 
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If there are truly no property issues, no children, everything is settled and all you are looking for is a divorce, you could do the process yourself. I would go to the Clerk's office (11th floor of the Wake County courthouse) and buy the divorce packet. Read it and if you can't figure it out, then hire an attorney.

As an attorney, I need to be cautious and indicate that there may be some legal issues out there and that a divorce could cut off certain rights so you might be best served by at least consulting with a lawyer.

As playnice indicated, you need to be separated for one year before you can petition for divorce under normal circumstances.

- Jeff
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Old 03-19-2010, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Dunn,NC
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You might be surprised how simple this is to do especially if there is no joint property or children involved. You do have to live apart, be legally separated, for one year prior to filing for divorce.
We have a child but we agree on who gets custody and how much child support to pay.
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Old 03-19-2010, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Dunn,NC
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If there are truly no property issues, no children, everything is settled and all you are looking for is a divorce, you could do the process yourself. I would go to the Clerk's office (11th floor of the Wake County courthouse) and buy the divorce packet. Read it and if you can't figure it out, then hire an attorney.

As an attorney, I need to be cautious and indicate that there may be some legal issues out there and that a divorce could cut off certain rights so you might be best served by at least consulting with a lawyer.

As playnice indicated, you need to be separated for one year before you can petition for divorce under normal circumstances.

- Jeff
We have a kid, but we agree on custody and child support. But I want to consult a lawyer since I never done this before and its uncontested but my soon to be ex-wife lives in another state and she wants to be the one filing.
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