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Horack Talley has one of the largest groups of family lawyers in North Carolina. Our family lawyers are among the best known and most respected in the state. We regularly receive referrals from other lawyers and honors from our peers in Super Lawyers Magazine, The Best Lawyers in America©, Business North Carolina's Legal Elite and other outlets.

Our family lawyers practice family law exclusively. Seven members of our team have been certified as Family Law Specialists by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. Two are Fellows in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), an invitation-only organization comprised of elite family lawyers throughout the United States.

Our lawyers have negotiation and mediation skills, and use their experience to find solutions for complex family law matters. Our lawyers can also pursue our clients’ interests in court. We interview witnesses, obtain the necessary documents, secure expert witnesses, hire private investigators, and do whatever else is necessary to prepare a case for trial.

All of this means you can trust Horack Talley lawyers to provide the best guidance available for one of the most personal and significant decisions of your life. Whether you are going through a separation and divorce, arranging a prenuptial agreement, adopting a child, or seeking safety after domestic violence, we are with you with smart counsel and sound strategy for best results.

We represent men and women in all types of cases. Some involve agreements. Others involve litigation. Examples include:

  • Adoptions
  • Alienation of affections and criminal conversation
  • Alimony and post-separation support
  • Appeals
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Contempt of court (following non-compliance of a court order)
  • Divorce
  • Domestic violence
  • Enforce and modify out-of-state custody/support orders
  • Equitable distribution of property and debts
  • Postnuptial agreements
  • Premarital agreements
  • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO) to change or divide ownership of retirement plans
  • Separation agreements
  • Termination of Parental Rights (TPR)

Some of our lawyers are also available to serve as guardians ad litem for children in high-conflict child custody cases. We are proud of the specialized certifications our lawyers have received. Two are certified as Arbitrators by the AAML. Another is certified as a Family Financial Mediator by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission. One of our lawyers serves as a Parent Coordinator in high-conflict child custody disputes.

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