Raleigh Divorce Lawyers For Men | Cordell & Cordell
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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.

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.

Raleigh Client Testimonials


“John has been very helpful letting me know what’s going on in my case at all times. John has also been very good at explaining the law in layman’s terms. This helps me in turn explain to him things that could be useful or beneficial in my case.”


“Ms. Horton always gave me options and let me decide. She would then give me the potential outcomes of my decision and we would discuss further to see if adjustments needed to be made to my sometimes hasty decisions. She was always correct with her suggestions. Me? Not so much. I was never scratching my head as to what was going to happen next because Ms. Horton always let me know prior. Even if she could not give an exact time frame, I knew what was next …”


“Mr. Underwood is superb, an exceptional lawyer, [and] very smart and friendly. [I] really felt well taken care of by Zachary and your firm. I will … re-retain your services if need be next year.”