Divorce and Prenuptial Agreements

We are a community and family-oriented law practice providing legal solutions for North Carolina families.

Family law can involve a much broader range of issues than just divorce and matters of child custody or property division. These other issues include juvenile dependency, domestic abuse and neglect, adoption, prenuptial agreements and marriage contracts and paternity, to name a few.

Lawyers at our firm have served clients in the Iredell County community since 1932. We can advise you of your legal position and represent you in any legal action you wish to take, or defend against. We handle state and federal matters, from property disputes, to construction law, to breach of contract actions.

Family Law Mediations

Although it's not always required, mediation is often the best way to resolve contentious family law issues. This is especially true with regard to divorce-related issues such as child custody, visitation and support.

Because the attorneys at our firm have extensive litigation experience involving divorce, they understand the value of the mediation forum and how much less damaging it can be for all concerned.

Adoption Services

Due to the emotional nature of divorce and the heartbreaking results that sometimes occur, family law is one of the most difficult types of law to practice. Fortunately, there's adoption, which can be a bright spot for everyone by adding a new person to your family. Our attorneys offer advice and services for traditional adoptions, step-parent adoptions, grandparent adoptions and international adoptions as well.


Divorce can bring a great deal of stress to your life, the lives of your children, and even the lives of your friends and extended family members. It can also have a tremendous impact on your future. The complex emotional and legal matters involved in divorce must be addressed thoroughly, with care and as efficiently as possible so you can move forward with your life in a positive way.

Considering divorce? Our lawyers can explain the legal process clearly, prepare you for what's ahead and help you get through it with minimal damage. To learn more about your options and what we can do to help, we encourage you to call or contact us online today.

Our firm can help you resolve all of the important issues associated with both contested and uncontested divorce matters, including:

  • Divorce mediation
  • Asset, debt and property division
  • Pension plan and retirement fund allocation
  • Alimony (spousal support)
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child support
  • Custodial parent relocation
  • Post-divorce modification of custody and support agreements

Our firm's lead divorce attorney, Joanne E. Ashley, devotes the bulk of her practice to representing families in crisis. In advising and representing you during the divorce process, she will be able to answer any questions you have from start to finish and provide you with clear and honest assessments of your legal options at every stage of the case until it’s resolved.

Lastly, although our firm has extensive litigation experience and is prepared to take your case to court to get the right result, divorce litigation is often a lose-lose proposition. This is why we prefer and strive for the speedier, more cost-effective approach of resolving the issues out of court whenever possible and appropriate to do so.

For answers to other questions you may have about our family law practice and the services we provide — call us at either of the phone numbers listed below or contact our firm online using the button below and schedule a time for us to meet with you and talk more.