Fathers' Rights


Cordell & Cordell is a partner dads can count on during one of the toughest challenges of their lives. The family law attorneys at our Raleigh, North Carolina, office are dedicated to helping men with any divorce issue, including property division, alimony, child support and child custody.

Our mission is to give men the legal support they and their children deserve both in and out of the courtroom.

Divorce Attorneys Dedicated to Helping Men

Divorce takes an emotional toll on everyone, no matter how tough you are. The decisions you make during this time will have an enormous impact on you financially for the rest of your life.

More importantly, your level of involvement in your children’s lives can also be affected. Our attorneys take the time to listen to your concerns and work diligently to champion your rights and the rights of your children in family court.

We know how critical this transition is and promise to walk you through each step of the process while doing everything possible to protect what’s most important to you.

Advocates For Dad’s Rights and Fathers’ Rights

Since 1990, Cordell & Cordell has fought against numerous stereotypes that men and fathers face in the family court system. Our firm’s focus on men’s divorce gives our attorneys a unique understanding of the challenges men face in a North Carolina family law courtroom.

Despite battling a system that seems predisposed against them, Cordell & Cordell has risen to establish ourselves as a partner men can count on.

At Cordell & Cordell, we understand the unique challenges military families face during divorce.

Client Testimonials


“I knew my divorce would be pretty simple in the grand scheme of things, but Blake Reed has been great at filling in the gaps. … He’s helped me with protecting myself in the situation in general and has really encouraged me to look at the whole picture.”


“Michael was very professional. He genuinely did a very good job explaining the process and what needed to be done. I felt very confident with him being my representation.As a whole, I had a very good experience with Michael and the firm.”


“The online portal is a great tool that we have. The accessibility to [my attorney] has been great! He’s been a very good teammate with me on this.”

Frequently Asked Raleigh Divorce Questions

How long do I have to live in Raleigh to file for divorce?

Either the Plaintiff or Defendant must have resided in the state for six (6) months prior to filing for divorce in North Carolina.

Is there a mandatory waiting period in this Raleigh before a divorce can be granted? How long will a divorce take?

In North Carolina, the parties must live separate and apart for one year and one day prior to filing a divorce. After the parties have lived separate and apart for at least one year, a party can petition the court for a divorce.

It is difficult to predict how long a divorce will take, as it is case by case. However, once the opposing party is served, that party has 30 days to file responsive pleadings or waive his/her right to file a response before the court can enter a final divorce decree.

How can I serve my spouse in Raleigh? If attempts to serve do not work, can I serve by publication?

A party can serve the opposing party by sheriff of the county where service is to be completed or by a duly authorized person, registered or certified mail, or by a designated delivery service.

You may serve by publication, but only after you attempt to serve the opposing party by personal service, registered or certified mail, or other authorized delivery service. A local newspaper that is qualified for legal advertisements in the area that the opposing party is believed to reside or, if unknown, in the county where the action is filed can be contacted for this purpose.

What are the specific forms I will need to file for a divorce in Raleigh?

In North Carolina, the initiating party must first file a Complaint to initiate the divorce action. A Summons must also be properly filed to initiate a divorce action.

Where do I file for divorce in Wake County?

A party residing in Wake County will go the Wake County Courthouse to file his/her divorce complaint. The Wake County Courthouse is located at 316 Fayetteville St. in Raleigh.

How much are filing fees at the Wake County Courthouse?

In Wake County, if a party is filing for a divorce only, the filing fee is $225. If the party wishes to resume a former name, there is an additional charge of $10. The fee to serve the opposing party via sheriff is $30.

Are there any Raleigh-Specific laws that are different from how other family law cases around the state are handled?

In North Carolina, most Judicial Districts have a set of specific local rules relevant to domestic cases filed within that particular jurisdiction. Consult with a Raleigh divorce lawyer for specific information on the rules and procedures of the local court.