Family Law


amily law involves all aspects of the special laws pertaining to matters between husband and wife, unmarried couples, civil unions as well as adoption, child custody, child support, property issues and financial issues. This includes divorce, prenuptial, postnuptial and separation agreements as well as litigation and mediation. We represent individuals in negotiating, modifying and enforcing agreements and court orders. This firm represents clients in cases involving minor and disabled children, including custody, adoption, termination of parental rights, grandparent and third-party custody, special needs, child abuse and neglect, child support and all other legal issues relating to minors and disabled adult children.


Ms. Harman-Scott navigates the complex and oftentimes emotionally-charged legal issues that arise within families. She brings to the field strong litigation and mediation skills regarding the remedies available to clients involved in family situations. Her experience allows her to suggest solutions that may not be perceived by clients embroiled in divorce, custody disagreements, property division, financial disagreements or the renegotiation of agreements and court orders. Decisions to marry, separate, reconcile, divorce, and establish custody and support can be life-altering for not only the adults but the children and extended families, as well.


Property division and support in North Carolina are governed by a complex set of statutes and case law. Our firm brings decades of experience in analyzing financial issues and settling them through negotiation, mediation or litigation. Conflict involving complicated issues of asset and liability division must be resolved efficiently so that the parties’ finances may be separated and the parties may move on with their lives.


Family law matters often exact a devastating emotional toll on families. This firm is dedicated to providing strong advocacy so that our clients know that they are supported every step of the way and that they are prepared for the likely outcomes. We are accustomed to high-conflict matters and possess the expertise to control and defuse volatile situations. This enables the client to concentrate on adapting to his or her new circumstances without the added burden of dealing directly with an upsetting situation. Family law involves decision-making that can affect families for many years. Having a knowledgeable, creative, and experienced attorney can make a difference in the financial and emotional outcome of the case.


The “This Is The Law” pamphlet series was prepared as a public service by the North Carolina Bar Association’s Communications Committee and is not intended to be a comprehensive statement of the law. North Carolina laws change frequently and could affect the information in these pamphlets. If you have specific questions with regard to any matters contained in these pamphlets feel free to contact us.

Marriage in North Carolina

The purpose of this pamphlet is to help you understand North Carolina marriage laws and some of the legal matters that may affect the lives of any married couple. (©1983 N.C. Bar Association, Revised 2013, Reviewed 2014)

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Domestic Violence

The purpose of this pamphlet is to explain the law on domestic violence by answering frequently asked questions on the subject. (©2005 N.C. Bar Association, Revised 2014)

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Child Custody/Visitation and Child Support

This pamphlet seeks to explain North Carolina laws on child custody, child visitation rights, and child support by answering frequently asked questions about these matters. (©2005 N.C. Bar Association, Revised 2013, Reviewed 2014)

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Separation and Divorce

Sometimes marriages do not work out as planned. When that happens, couples separate and later divorce. The purpose of this pamphlet is to explain the law of separation and divorce by answering frequently asked questions on those matters. (©1983 N.C. Bar Association, Revised 2013, Reviewed 2014)

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