- Highly Reviewed & Rated – 9.9 Superb rating on respected legal site AVVO. 5.0 rating on Google. Top-rated lawyer by Super Lawyers. See some of our client reviews below.
- Proven Track Record of Success at Trial – While often the goal is to avoid trial, when we take a case into court, we are proud of our high success rate even when the odds are stacked against us.
- Responsive – We pride ourselves on fast response times when communicating with our clients. We will never let your questions or concerns go unaddressed.
- No Case Is Too Difficult or Complex – This is where our firm’s experience and depth of knowledge come into play. No matter how difficult your case may seem, we fight for you and pursue your best results with tenacity.
- Straight Shooters – You’ve made an important decision in your life. We respect you for that. You can count on us to give you the honest (sometimes hard) truth about what to expect on the road ahead so that you can be prepared in every way possible.
- Because Your Family and Happiness Are at Stake – The smoother and fairer this process goes, the better the post-divorce interactions tend to be. This is better for the children (when applicable), you, and your ex-spouse.
- Caring & Compassionate (truly) – We have a personal connection to divorce and family law matters. We know what you’ve been through and care about your well-being. You are more than just a legal matter.
- Personalized Attention – We understand and respect that every client’s needs are unique. We treat all of our clients with the attention they deserve.
- We Keep You Updated – We know transparency is important to you. We want you to know what’s happening with your case at all points in the process.
Wilmington Divorce Lawyer
Thinking About, or Ready to File for Divorce and Looking for a North Carolina Divorce Law Firm That Covers All the Bases, Does Not Complicate Cases for Extra Billing, Really Cares and Keeps Focused on the Best Interests of You & Your Family?
Who Speaks For You?
Why Choose Speaks Family Law Firm?
North Carolina couples must be separated for at least a year before they can end their marriage.
A separation agreement is one option that more recently married couples may want to consider. This legal document provides details about how settlement matters are to be handled. It may provide for custody, support, and alimony during the interim period before a divorce is accomplished.
When a couple has lived apart for more than a year, they may file paperwork to end their union. At least one party must have lived in North Carolina for at least six months before filing for divorce. Our divorce attorneys will take care of the many matters that must be resolved during this difficult and emotionally stressful time. We will work with you to provide you with the best possible outcome for your divorce.
North Carolina is Considered a Hybrid State When it Comes to Grounds for Divorce.
Couples may have grounds, or a reason, for requesting to end the union, and a divorce may either be “no-fault” or fault-based. A no-fault divorce means that the couple can no longer get along and no longer want to be married, and it is the most common type of divorce. Our divorce lawyers will evaluate your case and consider your concerns before providing you with your available options.
A no-fault divorce simply means that the marriage is over, and no blame is placed on either party. Although you may have some more serious problems in your marriage, you can decide to utilize a no-fault option. No-fault divorce is somewhat easier and less complicated than when you use grounds for divorce. There is nothing to prove in a no-fault divorce, so it can progress more smoothly. A no-fault divorce can be initiated when one party deems the relationship irrevocably broken. A divorce lawyer will review your situation and provide you with your available options.
Grounds for Divorce
In North Carolina, the only grounds for divorce is incurable insanity. Incurable insanity means the spouse has a mental illness or impairment that requires confinement. It is important to note that confinement does not necessarily mean the person is institutionalized. It can also include medical care in a facility that causes the spouses to be unable to reside in the same place. Proof of insanity is required with testimony by two physicians. If you feel that you may qualify for this type of action, you should consult with our Wilmington divorce attorneys before proceeding.
Aspects of Divorce & Family Law We Assist You With
Depending on whether children are involved, additional aspects of divorce include the list below. Be comforted knowing we will never make any decisions on your case without ensuring you have the final word.
- Contested and uncontested divorce, including mediation
- Separation Agreements
- Child Support and Enforcement
- Protective and Restraining Orders
- Custody and Paternity Issues
- Name Changes
- Prenuptial Agreements
Actual Words Clients Have Used to Describe Us & Their Experience:
“He represents all his clients to the best of his ability regardless of the level of the case,” “there is nobody I would ever trust as much to represent me in the future,” “could not have been easier or more professional,” “Attorney Speaks represented my interests in court and got a result that was better than I expected,” “Mr. Speaks and his entire team went above and beyond to help me,” “You would be hard pressed to find a more knowledgeable and caring attorney,” “These guys are the best there are if you need a good lawyer here he is,” “He took care of everything for me, I would highly recommend him if you are in need of legal representation,” “immediately after I got in touch with Speaks law firm and they set me up with a case team and an attorney,” “I have no words for the compassion, care, professionalism, kindness, and helpfulness,” “God bless them for their work and dedication,” “I have been very happy with the help and extra effort everyone has put forth,” “very kind, thorough and professional throughout the entire process,”
If these things are what you are looking for in a law firm, then contact us to see how we can help you and your family.
We help families within or near the Wilmington Area.
Locally, clients come to us from Charlotte, New Hanover, Ogden, Murrayville, Bayshore, King’s Grant, Porter’s Neck, Wrightsville Beach, Myrtle Grove, Surf City, and others throughout the New Hanover area.
What To Do Now:
We welcome your questions and want to understand your situation to help you move forward and achieve the peace of mind that comes with having everything done properly and efficiently. Call our law office at (910) 407-0798 with questions and a description of your situation to see if we can assist or schedule a consultation. Or you may simply fill out the form above on this page. Your form will be directly emailed to our office, and you can expect a reply within one business day and often within hours of the same day. All information you share is confidential.