Woodmansee & Szombatfalvy included in the 2020 Best Law Firms

Nov 1, 2019 in General

We are proud to announce that it has been that it has been included in the 2020 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings for the Tier 2 Raleigh Metropolitan Awards in the area of Family Law Practice.

Firms included in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. The 2020 Edition of “Best Law Firms” includes rankings in 75 national and 122 metropolitan-based practice areas, in 185 geographic metropolitan locations. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings is now in its tenth consecutive year. For a concise explanation of the methodology for inclusion in U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” visit the Best Law Firms website at

Julie Woodmansee included in Best Lawyers in America 2020

Aug 15, 2019 in General

We are proud to announce that Julie Woodmansee has been named in the 2020 Edition of Best Lawyers in America© Family Law Section for the second year in a row.

Julie is a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law by the North Carolina State Bar, is a Certified Family Financial Mediator by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission, and Collaborative Divorce practitioner. She is an AV Preeminent Peer Rated Lawyer at Martindale Hubbell since 2015. Julie was first included in Best Lawyers in America’s Family Law Section in 2019.

Best Lawyers© compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive confidential peer-review of leading lawyers through survey of other lawyers practicing within the same legal and geographical area. More information about Best Lawyers methodology is found on their website at

Barbara’s Photography Featured in Oaxaca Cultural Navigator

Nov 12, 2013 in General

Barbara Szombatfalvy recently participated in the 2013 Day of the Dead Photo Expedition in Oaxaca, Mexico. Her “Best of the Week” photo set, focused on the street dogs of Oaxaca and Teotitlan del Valle, was featured in Oaxaca Cultural Navigator. Check it out HERE.

Benefits of Mediation

Apr 17, 2012 in Mediation & Negotiation

These are some of the benefits of mediation:

  • Minimizes unnecessary conflict and stress
  • Reduces costs and increases efficiency of the divorce process
  • Encourages productive communication
  • (more…)

The Law of Spousal Support

Apr 17, 2012 in Spousal Support

Post-separation support (PSS) is defined as spousal support to be paid until the earlier of either the date specified in the order of post-separation support, or an order awarding or denying alimony. Whereas alimony is defined as an order for payment for the support and maintenance of a spouse or former spouse, periodically or in a lump sum, for a specified or for an indefinite term. (more…)

The Law of Property Division (Equitable Distribution)

Apr 17, 2012 in Property Settlement

In North Carolina, the law that governs the division of assets and debts in the context of divorce is called Equitable Distribution. There is a presumption under the law that an equal division of the net marital estate (the marital assets less the marital debts) is fair and equitable. (more…)

Mistakes to Avoid in Property Division

Apr 17, 2012 in Property Settlement

Don’t wait too long to get legal advice. Consult an attorney early on – before you separate is ideal, but as soon as possible thereafter is ideal. You’ll need to understand the law before you make changes in ownership, incur debts, or purchase property.


Factors of Marital Misconduct

Mar 4, 2012 in Spousal Support

In determining whether or not an award for alimony will be made, the Court may consider “marital misconduct” of the parties. According to North Carolina General Statute 50-16-1A, “marital misconduct” means any of the following acts that occur during the marriage and prior to or on the date of separation:


Child Custody Mediation in North Carolina

Mar 2, 2012 in Child Custody

Custody mediation is provided free of charge by the Court and allows the parties to work with a trained, neutral third party to develop a written parenting agreement. (more…)

The Best Interest of the Children

Mar 2, 2012 in Child Custody

Under North Carolina law, the Courts will determine custody arrangements according to what is “best interest of the child.” (more…)