FAMILY LAW

If you’re reading this webpage, you’re most likely facing a decision that will change your family’s future. You’re not sure what the future looks like, and you understand that you’ve reached a point of no return. For over 40 years, the lawyers at Shipman & Wright have understood the sensitivities involved in this type of legal practice. We do know what you’re going through, and we’ll be there every step of the way.
Our firm handles many areas of family law, and our services are focused on addressing your specific needs. Our team genuinely cares about the impact that a family law matter has on our clients and their families. In addition to sound legal advice, we will offer you the emotional support you and your family needs.

Every family can face a whole range of legal issues. For example, problems can come up over child custody, and a marriage may come to an end, a carefully drafted prenuptial agreement or a current divorce needs an attorney that understands the nuances of family law. When you and your family need assistance in these challenging times, Shipman & Wright is there to help you throughout the entire process.

From our initial meeting, we will listen to your needs and goals. Restructuring a family through divorce or custody is a complex issue that needs to be handled by seasoned legal professionals.

Our Wilmington family and divorce lawyers have the experience, dedication, and sympathy to give you the peace of mind you need to make bright, sound, well-informed decisions. Our lawyers have years of practical experience and in-depth knowledge of the local judicial system in New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick, and Columbus counties. In addition, as experienced family law attorneys, we understand the essential role legal counsel plays in these types of matters.Our firm offers compassionate and thorough legal services based on in-depth knowledge in all areas of Family Law. In addition, our attorneys have experience in:

Complex Divorce

  • High asset divorce
  • Child custody issues
  • Excessive debts
  • Substantial alimony payments
  • Closely held businesses
  • Multiple real estate properties
  • Tax Issues
  • Adultery
  • Physical or emotional abuse

Equitable Distribution of Assets

  • The property can be equitably divided between the parties.
  • Equitable does not mean equal, but sometimes the property will be equally divided.
  •  Equitable distribution means that the court will aim to divide the property in a manner that is fair such as the duration of the marriage, the income and property valuations at the time of marriage and divorce, and many other factors.

High Asset Divorce

  • High asset divorce
  • Child custody issues
  • Excessive debts
  • Substantial alimony payments
  • Closely held businesses
  • Multiple real estate properties
  • Tax Issues
  • Adultery
  • Physical or emotional abuse

High Asset Divorce

  • When the value of the divorce deals with a high net worth couple, the divorce proceedings can be much more complex.
  • It’s important to have lawyers that understand a broad range of financial and legal issues
  • Offers business valuation experience
  • Has access to experts that can find essential factors relating to the divorce

Child Custody and Support

  • Many child custody cases are settled out of court; however, there are times when parties can’t agree, and the court handles those issues.
  • We have extensive experience with mediation as an alternative to going to court that has many obvious benefits.
  • Determining child custody is a process designed to protect the children’s best interests and something our firm prides itself on.
Divorce law is not One Size Fits All.
Some divorce cases can be worked out amicably, while others need an attorney that’s ready to go to court and aggressively fight for your best interests. Of course, we prefer to settle cases without going to court, but you can rest assured we’ll evaluate your case and determined the best course of action for you.

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