FAMILY LAW AND DIVORCE



North Carolina Family Law and Divorce Attorneys

Going through a separation and divorce is most often a very difficult and complex process, legally, emotionally, and financially. Nicholas J Dombalis, II has been representing parties going through the separation and divorce process for almost 40 years. In some cases, the process can be as simple as obtaining an absolute divorce for a client. In other cases, complex business valuations or contentious custody and visitation cases may be involved. Whether simple or complex, Mr. Dombalis wants each of his clients to know that he understands how difficult the separation and divorce process is and that he will do all that he can to professionally guide and support them through the process. It is important to Mr. Dombalis that every client fully understands the implications of a separation and divorce. Mr. Dombalis will take the time to explain the law as it relates to the issues arising from the separation and divorce so as to ensure that every client fully understands his or her rights and liabilities. It is also important that each client have a realistic expectation as to how different family law issues may ultimately be resolved. Using his extensive experience in representing parties going through a separation and divorce, Mr. Dombalis will give each client his candid assessment of the issues confronting that client.

Mr. Dombalis understands and believes that in most cases it is preferable for all of the issues arising from the separation and divorce to be resolved amicably with a separation agreement and property settlement. Ultimately, the parties to a separation and divorce are more likely to feel more comfortable with how these issues are resolved if they have input into the terms to be included in a separation agreement and property settlement. Otherwise, issues such as custody, child support, alimony, and equitable distribution of property will be decided by a judge, in which case the parties have no input as to how the judge will rule on these different issues. Arriving at the terms of an agreement which are mutually satisfactory can involve extensive negotiations with the attorney for the other party. Mr. Dombalis has extensive experience in negotiating separation agreements and property settlements, has knowledge of the law, and has the ability to recognize issues we should be addressed in these agreements.
There are situations in which a separation agreement and property settlement is not an option to resolving the issues arising from the separation and divorce. In those cases a lawsuit is typically filed by one of the parties to the separation and divorce. There are many court rules that must be followed once a lawsuit is filed. Mr. Dombalis will assist his clients in assuring that all court rules are followed to avoid sanctions or penalties being imposed by the Court. The parties will typically participate in mediation in an effort to resolve the separation and divorce issues. Mr. Dombalis has extensive experience in the mediation process. If mediation is unsuccessful, the judge assigned to the case will conduct a trial and make a decision for the parties as to the issues arising from the separation and divorce. With over 40 years of trial experience, if a trial is necessary, Mr. Dombalis will be there for and with his clients every step of the way.
Please contact Mr. Dombalis if you would like to set up an appointment to discuss your separation or divorce. For a more detailed discussion of North Carolina law on equitable distribution, custody, child support, and alimony please see the links below.

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