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Guiding Principles of Collaborative Divorce in North Carolina

In North Carolina, attorneys who participate in the collaborative divorce process on behalf of a party must withdraw from representation if either spouse decides to go to court. So, if either spouse files a marital claim in court, then both spouses must engage new and different attorneys to represent them in the litigation process. Here are some other guiding principles:

  • Voluntary exchange of all relevant information between both spouses and their attorneys.
  • Shared goal of creating a fair financial plan addressing the needs and interests of both spouses.
  • Shared goal of creating a fair parenting plan addressing the best interests and needs of the children.
  • Use of neutral consultants, such as financial advisors and family counselors, when needed to inform the parties and help reach agreements.

Call the Law Office of John P. Fernandez if you have questions or need legal representation in a family law matter. John Fernandez is licensed to practice law in North Carolina. The laws of North Carolina may differ from other states and no information contained herein should be considered legal advice.

About John Fernandez

John P. Fernandez | Child Custody and Divorce Lawyer | Raleigh, NCAttorney John Fernandez works with North Carolina individuals and families who need advice or representation in estate planning and administration matters. John provides an in-depth analysis of each client’s needs and works toward reducing estate taxes, avoiding probate and ensuring that health care decisions are handled appropriately. John helps individuals with modest and large estates achieve their goals.


John P. Fernandez
Attorney at Law
9555 US Highway 15-501 North
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
(919) 601-5028

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