It’s been said many times that the ending of a marriage is the most stressful thing a person can endure next to the death of a loved one. It is sometimes an overwhelming process and can include anxiety, emotional and financial distress. The attorneys and professionally trained staff at Gum, Hillier & McCroskey understand these elements of your divorce. Marriages don’t often deteriorate to the point of divorce when things are blissful. We can help you work through these issues and focus on a happier future.

Because every marriage has unique circumstances, it is impossible for courts to create rules that fit every situation. You deserve unique resolutions that contemplate your family’s particular goals, and a negotiated settlement that ensures your family is not victimized by the less-than-individual approach the courts must take. Creative problem solving, mediation and negotiation are the benchmarks of lasting resolutions. During the process of divorce, you will be provided numerous opportunities to create agreements that will identify and respond to the particular needs of you and your family. We can help you ensure that you are protected and that every element of your marital picture is taken into consideration in the course of these negotiations.

Negotiated Separation Agreements and Settlement Agreements ideally contain all the elements, and answer all the questions, that might come up in the course of dissolving a marriage. The biggest issues surrounding divorce, the welfare of your

children, your financial future, the division of your marital debts and assets, are all addressed in the context of a document called a Marital Settlement Agreement.

When divorcing spouses are able to create agreements through mediation and negotiation, it is then up to the lawyers to craft a written document that fully memorialize those agreements. A well-crafted Marital Settlement Agreement may be the most important task your lawyer undertakes for you. In the event your circumstances change and modification or enforcement of your final order of divorce becomes necessary, your Marital Settlement Agreement will be the controlling document for the court’s consideration. It is imperative your divorce documentation be prepared with the utmost consideration of this fact.

Even though agreement is central to a successful outcome in a divorce, it is essential that you obtain advice and guidance from an experienced family law attorney to ensure your agreements are appropriately take in to consideration all the elements your divorce may bring. The family law partners in our firm are Board Certified Specialists in Family Law and fellows of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. They have the training, expertise and experience to help guide you through the process and illuminate issues you probably won’t consider. Our lawyers craft complete, lasting agreements. And, in those cases where agreement cannot be reached, we are effective, dedicated trial lawyers.


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American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers | FellowsAV Peer Review RatedSelected to Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Top 100 ListsSelected to Best Lawyers in AmericaBusiness North Carolina's Legal Elite2011 Leaders in the Law Award Winner2012 North Carolina Bar Association Family Law Section Distinguished Service Award Winner