Garner Family, Divorce & Custody Lawyer

Trusted Counsel For Whatever Life Throws at You

Families aren’t perfect and everyone faces challenges. No matter what yours is going through or dealing with, when people in Wake County need support and guidance, attorney Jonathan Breeden is there to help. Let’s talk about what your family needs and find a solution.

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When families need legal help, it can feel like the world is against them. But you don’t have to go through it alone. You may not know what to expect or where to turn, but at Breeden Law Office, our veteran family law attorneys know exactly what comes next.

Attorney Jonathan Breeden has been helping families like yours in Garner and across Johnston County, NC for nearly two decades. Whether you are going through a divorce, a custody or child support dispute, or need help with any number family matters we will be with you to keep you informed and confident as we represent your interests and help you succeed.

Call (919) 661-4970 for a consultation. Protect what matters most. Competitive rates and solutions for every family.

5 Reasons You Need a Garner Family Lawyer

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No one expects needing a family lawyer, but dealing with certain issues in a Johnston County family court can be critical for you and your family. You owe it to yourself and those you love to get the best possible advocate fighting for your interests. Consulting a lawyer can feel scary, but useful advice and experienced legal guidance can be the difference in your family’s future.

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You Need An Objective Opinion.

Emotions run high in family law matters. The impact of a divorce, estate planning, or custody agreements can last a long time and influence things you don’t anticipate. By working with a knowledgeable Garner family attorney, you can benefit from unbiased advice, based on the law and what’s best long-term. Check out our legal blogs for frequently asked questions about family law, such as our financial tips for divorce.

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Things Need to Be Accurate.

Don’t try to cut costs by using DIY court documents or representing yourself. Doing so is risky because even simple divorce mistakes, like failing to include certain fincial information or missing deadlines, can seriously hurt your case. A lawyer can review your documents, look out for critical oversights, and ensure everything is complete and on time.

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Lawyers Know the Law.

There is a reason attorneys undergo considerable education and training before practicing family law. Even an apparently simple issue can involve things that most people wouldn’t see coming. Without an experienced lawyer like Jonathan Breeden looking out for your long-term needs, you could end up in an arrangement that’s less than fair or that you don't agree with.

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You Should Protect Yourself.

Even when everyone seems to agree, if someone doesn’t have their own attorney, they are at a disadvantage. Your former spouse’s attorney will not look out for you. And all too often people will agree to dispositions outside of the courtroom, unaware of the legal consequences. Having your own, dedicated lawyer protects you.

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You May Need to Go to Court.

Going to family court in Garner, NC is no one’s first choice. While there are alternatives like negotiated settlements and mediation that your lawyer will pursue, if no one agrees, then a judge or jury will likely have to decide. In this case, working with an experienced and successful trial attorney only benefits you.

Divorce

Divorce is hard, but it doesn’t have to overwhelm you. A skilled and compassionate lawyer can get you through it.

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Divorce is always a difficult experience. It involves dividing property, separating debts, and reaching important agreements. In fact, the far-reaching implications of ending a marriage makes it crucial to consult a skilled, compassionate and dedicated family lawyer in Garner, NC.

Attorney Jonathan Breeden has been helping people through their divorces for over 19 years. When you work with Breeden law office, you are not just another case. We take the time to learn about you, your family, and your unique goals. From there, we work tirelessly to help you achieve them.

NC requires a one year separation but you can file for custody, child support, equitable distribution of your property and alimony as soon as you separate. After a formal filing, NC generally requires a 30 day waiting period for the other party’s answer. A final divorce judgments usually takes 6-8 weeks.

Child Custody

Unfortunately, not everyone agrees about what’s in a child’s best interest.

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Whether you are divorced or never married your child’s other parent, you need to know and assert your parental rights. While there are various factors that influence child custody decision, at the core is what’s best for the child in question.

At Breeden Law Office, we have extensive experience handling cases dealing with child custody, visitation, support, and other issues involving children. Let us help you reach an outcome that is positive for you and your children.

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Primary Custody

A parent with primary custody is the parent with whom the child lives full-time.

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Secondary Custody

A parent with secondary custody has what is known elsewhere as visitation rights to the child.

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Joint Custody

When parents share joint custody, the child spends equal time with both parents.

Child Support

All parents are required by law to support their children. Let us explain your options, obligations, and how to secure what’s fair.

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A number of things influence how child support payments are calculated and it is important that everyone understands what is involved. Attorney Breeden has a lot of experience walking people through this process and seeking modification when necessary.

Whether you are seeking child support from an ex-spouse, or you are seeking to adjust your child support orders, you cannot afford to face court proceedings alone. We have the insight and knowledge to protect your rights as you seek a solution that benefits your entire family.

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Local Garner Family Court Process

Initial Consultation

We realize that most people contact us or come to our offices at difficult times in their lives. You may not know what to expect or how to approach the issue. That’s why we take the time to carefully explain your rights and options. At your first meeting, you will discuss your situation with an experienced attorney at our Garner, NC office, located on Glen Road, at the Interstate 40/NC Hwy 42 intersection . From there, we’ll create a unique plan for you.

Prepare Documents / Gather Information

In the first few days or weeks, we will gather the necessary information and prepare the documents to file. This may include completing fincial affidavits, compiling records, and notarizing forms like a Complaint for Child Custody/Visitation in Wake County.

Document Review / Execution

Once we have your forms ready to file, we will go over the documents for accuracy, approval, and your signature. Then we will file the appropriate complaint, motion, or discovery request in the proper venue or jurisdiction. In Garner, this will likely be Johnston County District Court.

Contested / Uncontested Filing

Once the other party is served, we will await a response. If the matter is contested, we will enter the pretrial phase. If the filing is uncontested, we will motion for a hearing and final resolution.

Pretrial / Settlement Negotiations

Both parties will present evidence and arguments related to the matter. This is referred to as discovery and can involve depositions and gathering more evidence. In addition, opposing counsel with negotiate to resolve things like asset division, custody, and support without a trial.

Hearings & Trials

When the parties come to an agreement, a hearing is scheduled in to review the terms. If a judge agrees, the matter is resolved pending a final judgment. If both sides do not agree to a settlement, a formal trial in a Johnston County District Court will be scheduled.

We Serve Garner & the Surrounding Area

We’ve built our reputation on providing individual attention and dependable service to Wake and Johnston County families, including:

  • Raleigh
  • Johnston County
  • Harnett County
  • Benson
  • Willow Spring
  • Garner
  • Auburn
  • Powhatan
  • Clayton
  • Archer Lodge
  • Williams Crossroads
  • Shotwell
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