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Family Law

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CM WHITENER LAW (CMWL) endeavors to put the "family" back into family law, by employing alternatives to contentious litigation that are cost-effective and geared toward permanent resolution. CMWL believes in empowering clients to maintain the dignity of their families and a level of autonomy in making family decisions. 

CMWL encourages mediation, family counseling, and cooperative engagement of all parties in creating family plans. Whenever possible, CMWL will assist clients in creating parenting agreements that include financial support, separation agreements, and prenuptial agreements. 

When litigation is necessary, CMWL is experienced in interstate custody and child support litigation, cases involving grandparents' rights, and general divorce, custody and child support matters. 

Contact CM Whitener Law at 1-980-349-6540 to schedule your Family Law consultation.


CMWL believes in a child's right to the care and support of both legal parents. Therefore, we encourage parents to prioritize the best interest of their child(ren) in matters concerning custody, visitation and support. 

CMWL strives to bring balance and harmony in custody and support matters in order to promote the positive health and well-being of all children. 

The bases of custody and child support laws, in North Carolina, has been to treat children as they would be treated where they reared in a joint home with both parents. Therefore, a child's access to emotional, psychological, physical, and financial support from both parents is of utmost importance to CMWL. 


CMWL believes that marriage is a sacred institution that should be entered into soberly. Couples considering marriage should make plans for life after the "I Dos," including estate and family planning. 

If you are considering marriage, consider creating a marital plan that includes a prenuptial agreement. A prenuptial agreement specifies clearly the parties’ intentions regarding their current and future assets, as well as financial responsibilities they plan to undertake during the marriage and/or upon a separation and/or divorce.

Prenuptial agreements are not merely for the financially wealthy, but for individuals who bring inherited assets or liabilities into a marriage, and those who are blending families. Contrary to popular belief, prenuptial agreements are not specifically plans for divorce. 


CMWL works with clients to establish paternity and legitimate children. Before a potential father has any rights or obligations towards a child, paternity must be established.

A legal father, does not always equate to being the biological father. Putative (presumed) fathers are established through signing an affidavit of parentage, being adjudicated by the court, or being the spouse of a woman who gives birth to a child during the marriage. 

CMWL encourages the establishment of paternity, for unwed persons, through a specific process that includes DNA testing prior to taking any other steps to establish paternity. 


CMWL supports both custodial and non-custodial parents in maintaining their rights and fulfilling their obligations as parents of children living in split homes. 

CMWL assists custodial parents in maintaining structured custody and/or visitation, seeking financial support for their child(ren), and defending against matters brought against them in family court.

CMWL assists noncustodial parents in establishing their parental rights, seeking custody and/or visitation, providing financial support, and defending against matters brought against them in family or child support court.