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Fayetteville Family Lawyers Provide Compassionate and Practical Counsel

Helping clients find effective legal solutions for domestic matters

There is no easy way for a couple or family to split up. But sometimes, unfortunately, it is unavoidable. When it comes time for spouses in Fayetteville to go their separate ways, we at Devan & Null PLLC are here to guide them through the process and help them move on, with empathy and pragmatism. Years of legal and judicial experience have given Laura Devan the knowledge and the instincts to guide clients seamlessly through the complex domestic legal process, steering them through the most beneficial paths available under their particular circumstances.

What issues arise during divorce or separation?

Domestic relations cases are one of the most common types of disputes that North Carolina courts are called upon to resolve. That is why there are specialized rules and processes set up to help deal with these complex and sensitive matters.

The intricacy of domestic cases can vary greatly depending on a variety of factors such as the wealth and earning power of the parties, whether or not there are children involved, the reasons for the separation, and the nature of the present relationship between the parties. There are several common issues, however, that are likely to arise: 

  • Divorce issues — In most divorce cases, the separating spouses will need to resolve financial and property issues, including the divvying up of property accumulated during the marriage and the award of support payments. While courts often award post-separation support during the divorce process, longer-term alimony payments may be appropriate under certain circumstances.
  • Child custody — Whether married or not, separating parents face a number of complicated issues regarding their children. North Carolina courts have the power to determine custody of children upon the request of one or both parents. Further, a court may order one parent to pay child support payments to the other, based on the relative incomes of the parents, the number of children, and the percentage of time children spend with each parent.
  • Premarital agreements — While premarital — or prenuptial — agreements are supposed to make the divorce process easier and clearer, they can leave important questions unanswered or be subject to challenge. Although premarital agreements are typically enforced in North Carolina, and spouses are free to change them during the course of the marriage, interpreting and applying these documents is not always cut and dried.

These issues and others that come up during the litigation process can tear a family apart if they are not handled properly. Our firm is mindful of the ways in which all family members are affected by a divorce, custody battle, alimony dispute, or other argument. We do everything possible to help achieve solutions that satisfy everyone’s best interests. 

Special situations in domestic matters

While the atmosphere of much family law litigation is one of compromise, cases involving domestic violence are often contentious. Domestic Violence can be an important factor in deciding child custody, property division, and alimony issues. Unfortunately, this also means that people sometimes use false accusations of domestic violence to gain an advantage. Victims of domestic violence, as well as those facing false or trumped-up accusations of domestic violence, need strong and experienced advocates to make sure their rights are preserved.

On the other side of the spectrum, just because separating couples do not agree does not mean litigation is their only option. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) has become an increasingly popular and effective method for working out domestic disagreements without referring the matter to the courts. Our attorneys encourage these methods when appropriate for our clients.

Contact our experienced Fayetteville law firm for assistance with your family legal matter

Family law issues are difficult enough to handle; there is no reason to face yours alone. At Devan & Null PLLC, we are committed to guiding you through the legal process so you and your family can look forward to the future. Our office is located on Fountainhead Lane in Fayetteville, North Carolina, blocks from the Hay Street exit of US 401. We are available for consultations by appointment from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays. To schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys, call 910-745-6645 or contact us online. Take the first step today to putting your domestic dispute behind you.


Absolutely outstanding lawyers! They have a combined nearly 50 years in legal experience, both on the bench and in front of it. I cannot give a higher recommendation! Both are high character and hard workers. You cannot go wrong with this firm!
-David W. ★★★★★ Review From Google

Laura is an absolute dream. She took on my case only two weeks before my hearing and she was amazing. She worked hard to get up to speed on what was going on, was very calm and professional in court and made me feel confident in what was to come. I absolutely recommend her.
-Lacey E. ★★★★★ Review From Google

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    103 Fountainhead Lane
    Fayetteville, North Carolina 28301
    Phone: 910-486-6855
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Client Testimonials
  • "Changed My Life:- Laura represented me as a Father in a custody case for my son when he was a baby. My wife had serious issues, but I did not believe a father could win a custody case. Laura tried my case for 5 days and I won primary custody. She focused 100% of her time and energy into preparing and my trying my case. She helped change my life and my now teenage son’s life for the better because of her dedication to my case. "  -John D.

  • "Above And Beyond:- Ms. Devan went above and beyond helping me obtain custody of my son. She is extremely knowledgeable and well versed in child custody law. I am grateful to have had her as an advocate for me in family court. "  -Jay

  • "Truly Amazing:- What a truly amazing attorney! Thank you so much! You took what I thought would be an impossible case and totally walked in and showed them who was in control! Not only did we win big, but I was proud to call you my attorney. Your experience and confidence definitely paid off. I will be sure to refer you to others. "  -Tisha

  • "Tough Attorneys:- Jeff and I played varsity football together for 3 years in high school. I have hired him to handle my legal matters He's as tough in the courtroom as he was on the football field. Jeff had my back and he will have yours. "  -Charles D.