Premarital & Post-Marital Agreements


Premarital and Pre-Union Agreements are governed by the Uniform Premarital Agreement Act, Chapter 52B of the NC General Statutes. A Premarital Agreement is an agreement between prospective spouses that are contemplating marriage and becomes effective upon the actual marriage. Evaluating and drafting Premarital Agreements is complicated and requires experience. Prospective spouses may contract with respect to property rights and whether a future spouse will be entitled to alimony, should the parties separate in the future. Premarital Agreements can deal with future property acquisitions and waivers to property rights. Warren & Warren, P.A. can assist you in making informed decisions covering a variety of issues such as post-marital assets and how appreciation of property separately owned prior to the marriage will be treated. If you are planning to cohabit without marrying, a Pre-Union Agreement may be beneficial for you. Pre-Union Agreements can outline the parties’ wishes as to what they want to consider separate property and what will be jointly owned. These agreements can also decide how income will be handled between the parties.


Spouses in North Carolina are permitted to contract with each other during the marriage with respect to various matters. These contracts can include matters in regards to the disposition of both personal and real property acquired during the marriage and releases, waivers, or quit-claim rights acquired during the marriage in the property of the other. Post-Marital Agreements are often used in situations where spouses separate and then intend to reconcile. Our firm can help with decision-making and the drafting of these agreements.

Paternity & Termination of Parental Rights


NC General Statute § 49-14 provides how to establish paternity when a child is born out of wedlock. The action must be filed prior to the child’s eighteenth birthday and no action can be filed after the death of the putative father, except in special circumstances regarding the putative father’s estate. Often, paternity needs to be established to pursue child support. Once paternity is established, the rights and obligations of both parents for the support of the child can be determined and enforced as if the child were the legitimate child of the parents.


This is one of, if not the most serious proceeding in family law. This action is most often sought where a parent has abandoned, abused, failed to support, or neglected a child. The court must find statutory grounds for termination and that termination is in the best interest of the child. Consulting with our firm prior to making the decision to pursue this claim is very important due to the complexity of the procedures and proof required to successfully pursue this claim.

If the legal relationship between a parent and a child is terminated, that parent has no legal rights to direct, control, or even have a relationship with the child. However, the parent whose rights are terminated has no obligation to pay child support for the child that accrues after the parent’s rights have been terminated.

Family Law for Military Families


Our firm has over thirty years of experience representing military personnel or their spouses. Family law and divorce for these individuals present special complexities that involve divorce, child custody, alimony, military pension, thrift savings plans, and property division. We are here to deal with military family law and divorce issues and how they interact with North Carolina law. This area of law is constantly changing and it is important to secure legal assistance from a firm that has handled a vast number of cases involving Seymour Johnson Airfare Base personnel and their spouses.