Domestic Law

Nothing matters more in the world than family. Our entire firm understands that the happiness, good health, and well‑being of loved ones, whether they be children, step‑children, spouses, parents, step‑parents, or grandparents, is of paramount importance to you. We therefore approach every family law case with an extraordinary level of compassion, one that lets our clients know they have chosen an advocate who will relentlessly fight for the fair and just outcome they seek.

Harbinson, Brzykcy & Corbett represents clients in a wide range of family law areas. Among them are: alimony, child custody, child support, divorce (both contested and uncontested), domestic violence, and prenuptial agreements. If you require the services of a knowledgeable attorney for any of the family law matters listed above, we encourage you to call our office today for a complimentary consultation to learn more about your options and the ways in which we can assist you.

Alimony
Alimony is a commonly misunderstood aspect of divorce. Plainly put, alimony is the financial support given by one former spouse to the other when a marriage is dissolved. Unlike many other states, North Carolina does not rely on an alimony calculator to determine the amount that will be paid. Judges award alimony based on the cirmcumstances unique to each marriage, such as the duration of the marriage and whether one spouse sacrificed a career or other income opportunities to raise children. (Alimony can be paid either in monthly installments or in annual lump sums ‑‑ and it typically only ends after either a certain period of time has elapsed, remarriage or cohabitiation by the party receiving alimony, or death by either ex‑spouse). Other determinants that will be considered are: infidelity, drug, alcohol, or other substance abuse, and abandonment.

Divorce
Divorce cases are so common nowadays that the word itself has almost become synonymous with "family law" in the minds of many of our clients. North Carolina is a "no‑fault" state, which means that neither spouse is required to allege or prove marital fault in order to receive a divorce decree. There is, however, a one‑year separation requirement, and both parties to any divorce proceeding must have resided in North Carolina for at least six months. Divorce can be painful and emotionally charged. HBC will work to ensure that the process is handled with the care, compassion, and expediency thay will allow you to move on with your life as seamlessly as possible.

Domestic Violence
Incidents of domestic violence have the potential to be gravely dire and should always be treated with an appropriate level of seriousness. Our law firm wants, above all else, to ensure that the lives and safety of our clients are protected and free from any form of injury.

HBC will work swiftly on your behalf if anyone with whom you maintain a "personal relationship" has either: attempted to cause bodily injury or intentionally caused bodily injury to you; placed you in imminent fear of serious bodily injury or ongoing harassment that rises to the level of inflicting serious emotional distress; or has committed any criminal act against you. We encourage you to call Harbinson, Brzykcy & Corbett immediately after notifying the police of any occurence of domestic violence as time absolutely is of the essence.

Prenutpial Agreements
Prenuptial agreements, also referred to as "premarital agreements" are no longer merely for high net worth individuals. The drafting of these instruments, when done by a qualified attorney, have the potential to save an enormous amount of time, aggravation, and perhaps most importantly, legal fees, in the event a marriage does not work out. Many pragmatic couples, regardless of the level of their wealth, work out prenuptial agreements in order to clarify beforehand expectations when it comes to the division of assets in the event of divorce. Similarly, we would be happy to meet with you if you already are married and would like to learn about a "postnuptial agreement" if there is any concern that your marriage may be headed for dissolution.

Other Family Law Matters
The preceding information was designed to provide a snapshot of some of the more common types of family law cases that we see in and around Alexander County. If your family law case concerns another matter altogether, such as enforcement, modifications, property division, separation agreements, or protective orders, please call our office and one of our attorneys will be happy to explain your options and the ways in which we can assist you.