Family Law

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Pre-Divorce Planning

One of the single most stressing aspects of a divorce is knowing what to expect. Thus, we offer our clients a detailed consultation in which we explain the entire process and events associated with a divorce. This gives our clients the opportunity to “see what’s coming” and prepare. The main objective is to considering where you are, and what you are planning for the future.


The family law attorneys at Dugan & Leger are here to make the divorce process as simple and painless as possible. We do this by guiding you through every step of the process. Our goal is to keep you informed and aware, so that you can eventually begin the process of rebuilding and restarting your life after the divorce. Our attorneys can also assist in matters such as post-separation support and alimony. Learn more about the divorce process here: What You Should Know About Divorce in North Carolina.

Child Custody

Child custody is often the single most difficult aspect of either a divorce, or a separation. Determining which parent will receive physical and/or legal custody, as well as visitation is one of the most complex areas of family law. Our attorneys possess the dedication and sensitivity required to successfully assist you through these trying times.Learn more about Child Custody: What You Should Know About Child Custody in North Carolina. 

Child Support and Child Support Modifications

After a parent is ordered to pay child support, there comes a time when a supporting parent may seek to pay less child support. A common reason to modify the existing support obligation is when a substantial change in circumstances occurs. Unfortunately, this modification being sought is usually contested by the parent receiving the child support. Our goal at Dugan & Leger is to achieve a fair child support arrangement, since the ultimate goal is what is best for the children involved. Learn more about Child Support here: Child Support in North Carolina. 

Property Division

Property, also known as Equitable Distribution in North Carolina is often an important and contentious aspect of any divorce. The three steps that are followed are 1) identify what property needs to be divided, 2) value the property, and finally 3) actually distribute the property to the parties to the divorce. Learn more about Property Division/Equitable Distribution here: Property Division in North Carolina. 

Post-Separation Support and Alimony

Post-separation support is defined as the monetary support received prior to the actual divorce. Alimony is monetary support that a spouse may receive after a divorce judgment has been entered. Whether a spouse is eligible for Post-separation support or Alimony is usually determined by a variety of factors. Learn more here: PSS and Alimony in North Carolina.

Name Changes

Adults and minor children have the ability to change their legal name with the State of North Carolina. In most instances, the name change process occurs by filing a case with Special Proceedings at the Clerk of Court’s office in the county where you or the minor child reside. Learn more about name changes here: Name Changes in North Carolina.


Adoptions are the process by which an adult legally becomes the parent to a minor child, or another adult. Learn more about adoptions here: Adoption in North Carolina.

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