The decision to end a marriage is one of the most profound and distressing choices a person can make. Entering into that decision without competent, experienced legal counsel can be equally devastating. You have rights and responsibilities with respect to your spouse and your children that must be addressed during a time when your emotional self is at its most vulnerable. Choices related to child custody and visitation, child support, parental decision-making responsibilities, spousal support, the right to continue to reside in your marital home, and the division of your assets and debts are serious issues that will affect you for the rest of your life. Decisions made early on in your separation will have a long lasting effect on the eventual outcome of your case. Even in situations where you and your estranged spouse are getting along and attempting to work together, not knowing your rights can affect you and your children for years in the future.

That is where the attorneys of Hodges Coxe & Potter LLP can help. We understand that separation and divorce can completely change your life. We can help remove the apprehension and uncertainty and assist you in making that change a positive one. We know the rights, responsibilities and necessary protections that must be sought under the law. The right lawyer can make a real difference in the outcome of your case. By educating you and guiding you through complex legal decisions, our lawyers allow you the peace of mind to focus your energies on rebuilding your life. Deciding to end your marriage is one of the most difficult decisions you will ever face, choosing a law firm to get you through it doesn’t have to be. Contact us today at (910) 772-1678.

Child Custody

If you have children, your relationship with your ex or soon to be ex spouse is never fully over. HCPP can help you negotiate when the relationship is good, and litigate when you and your former spouse are unable to agree on the best interests of the children.

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Custody Modification

Although custody is always modifiable upon a showing of a substantial change in circumstances affecting the welfare of your minor child, such changes can often be expensive to undertake and difficult to achieve, so it is of utmost importance to seek legal counsel prior to your initial custody determination to discuss your rights and expectations regarding your minor children. There are also issues related to third party visitation, such as grandparent visitation, which are strictly proscribed in this State and …

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Child Support

Separate to the issue of custody of the children is financial support for the children. Many variables go into the decision of what support is required. HCP can help your children get what is fair and reasonable.

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Equitable Distribution

The longer the marriage was, the more “stuff” has accumulated. Money, property, automobiles, retirement funds, loans, debts and small businesses all have to be divided. Only a family law attorney like the ones at HCP can knowledgeably fight for your fair share.

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Alienation of Affections

One of the few family law issues that is brought against a party other than a former spouse is an alienation of affection claim. Usually brought against the third party in an extra-marital affair, arguing this claim can have repercussions on the other family law issues. Therefore, you need good advice from the attorneys at HCP on the risks and benefits of filing this action.

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