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Divorce Lawyers in Winston-Salem, NC

Let Hartsoe & Associates Be Your Strength in the Storm

Couple getting divorcedWhen going through a divorce, it is important to remember that you are not alone. At Hartsoe & Associates, we are proud to have helped families navigate the legal process of divorce and be their steadfast advocate during the separation. We want to be your strength in the storm and are determined to help you to file all necessary legal documentation and represent you fully inside of court. If you are considering filing for divorce or if you have been served divorce papers, our Winston-Salem divorce attorneys may be able to help.

Contact us at (336) 390-4774 to schedule a consultation with our Winston-Salem divorce attorney. We assist clients throughout the Piedmont Triad Area.

The Divorce Process in North Carolina

At Hartsoe & Associates, our divorce attorney in Winston-Salem offers compassionate, experienced family law services to our clients. We realize the dissolution of marriage comes with many boundaries and our team wants to help you overcome them.

When you choose to obtain representation from a Winston-Salem divorce attorney fromHartsoe & Associates, we can help you work through:

Should domestic violence be a factor in your decision to separate, our team can help obtain necessary protective orders as well. Our Winston-Salem divorce lawyers have successfully assisted countless clients in obtaining favorable resolves to their divorce decrees.

How to File for Divorce in North Carolina

The basic steps for filing for divorce in North Carolina are:
1. You need to meet the residency requirements of the state, meaning one spouse must have been living in North Carolina for at least six months immediately before filing.

2. There must be grounds, or a legally acceptable reason, for ending your marriage.

3. You will need to file the divorce papers and have copies sent to your spouse.

4. If your spouse disagrees, they will have the opportunity to contest the divorce, which could then result in a series of court appearances. If your spouse agrees, they will simply need to sign the papers and send them back to you. If your spouse doesn’t respond period, it is possible to get a "divorce by default."

5. If property needs to be divided or if one of you needs spousal support/alimony, those issues will need to be sorted either in an out-of-court settlement or in court. Custody may also be decided as part of the divorce process.

Our Winston-Salem divorce attorneys can provide you with a more in-depth walkthrough of the divorce process in North Carolina. Contact us today.

What Are the Grounds for Divorce in North Carolina?

You would not necessarily need to prove that your spouse was at-fault for the marriage. This is known as a “no-fault divorce.” However, the main grounds for divorce would include:

  • Separation from your spouse for at least one year
  • Incurable insanity — you and your spouse must have been living separately and apart for three consecutive years. This includes during the time when you file the petition.

A case known as “divorce from bed and board,” is not the same as an absolute divorce, however, the court decree does allow for the couple to be legally separated. Divorce from bed and board may include a settlement agreement on matters such as custody and alimony, however, as it is not an official declaration that the marriage has dissolved, you will not be allowed to remarry until you obtain an absolute divorce.

These are the primary grounds for divorce from bed and board:

  • Adultery
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Cruelty or any treatment that endangers your livelihood
  • Humiliation to the point of intolerance
  • Abandonment or desertion

North Carolina recognizes the term “absolute divorce,” which indicates that the court has granted a written document that officially signals the end of the marriage. This court agreement may also include settlement terms on issues such as child custody, child support, alimony, and the division of property.

We Are a Firm Founded on Christian Principles

At Hartsoe & Associates, we take pride in being a personable firm founded on Christian beliefs. Our divorce attorney in Winston-Salem works with clients and communicates with them throughout the divorce process. Our firm understands that you may have questions and concerns regarding your future, which is why we aim to be as accessible as possible throughout your divorce and after the proceedings have finished.

For more information on how our divorce lawyers in Winston-Salem can help, call (336) 390-4774 today and schedule a consultation with our team.

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    “Very knowledgeable and reliable! They have represented me numerous times and I have always been impressed with the results!”


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    Turner T.

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    “Great Lawyer. I hired Tony to represent me in a child custody case and was very satisfied with the results. He's very honest about what your different options are, what the outcomes will most likely be, and how much things are going to cost. Very experienced and very helpful. I will definitely look to him again if I ever have the need for another lawyer.”


  • Tara took the time a explained everything and guided me toward the best options

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    Paula H.

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    “Tara Kay Johnson did an awesome job! If you're like me, you didn't think something like this would happen to you, but there you are at that moment in your life with a lot of questions and very few answers... doubt and emotion starts to take over, but fear not. As with many folks who have to go through this unfortunate event in your life, you want the strongest and most well-respected representation you can find. That is exactly what I received. Tara will listen to your concerns and stand up for you, while at the same time she will also recommend the absolute best course of action. I cannot express in words how confident you will feel by having Tara in charge of your case. During my case, there was not a single moment where I felt vulnerable or a moment where I wondered what the outcome would be. Tara and her very well-educated staff were with me every step of the way. Communication and support was excellent throughout the entire process. The bottom line is: If you or someone you know is heading down the tough road to divorce, then you need the BEST guide you can find, and that is Tara Kay Johnson.”


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    “Upon meeting Mr. Hartsoe he was very pleasant in his greeting. During the consultation he was straight forward, honest, and very easy to talk to. So far so good and I look forward to working with him and his team in the future!”


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    “Tony represented me in a difficult divorce case and I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome. His staff was always friendly and helpful (special shout out to Lisa for answering my never ending emails some days) They always kept me informed as to what was going on and were quick to answer any questions I had. Couldn't ask for a better team!!”

    Former Client