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BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA INCLUDES BARRI PAYNE IN THE 2023 FAMILY LAW SECTION

We are pleased to announce that Best Lawyers in America has included Barri Payne in the Family Law Section of the 2023 Edition of Best Lawyers in America. This is Barri’s fourth consecutive year of inclusion to this prestigious annual peer review honor. Barri is a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law and is certified as a Family Financial Mediator through the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission. Best Lawyers® is universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence based on annual peer evaluation. The full methodology for inclusion at Best Lawyers is found on their website at https://www.bestlawyers.com/methodology. Barri’s Durham family law practice specializes in matters surrounding separation and divorce, child custody and child support, property settlement, alimony, and modification and enforcement actions. Known for her ability to calmly negotiate outcomes that benefit the entire family for her clients, Barri also provides mediation services to lawyers to help their...

Payne Family Law & Mediation Recognized by Best Law Firms 2022

We are pleased to announce that it has again been included as a Raleigh Metropolitan Tier 2 Family Law firm by U.S. News/Best Lawyers in America’s Best Law Firms 2022. Barri Payne is a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law and is certified as a Family Financial Mediator through the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission. She attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she majored in Religious studies and Sociology and received her JD at Chapel Hill in 1999. Barri is a strong and ethical advocate for divorcing parents and children. She considers the entire family unit to the greatest extent possible, especially as a mediator. Barri has been included by Best Lawyers in America Family Law Section since 2020. The inclusion methodology utilized by Best Law Firms can be found on their website at https://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/methodology.aspx. Barri’s Durham family law practice includes issues surrounding separation and divorce, child...

BARRI PAYNE INCLUDED IN NORTH CAROLINA SUPER LAWYERS

We are pleased to announce that Barri Payne has been included as a Top Rated Family Law Attorney at North Carolina Super Lawyers. This is Barri’s first time honored by this prestigious annual inclusion. Barri Payne is a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law and is certified as a Family Financial Mediator by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission. She is listed in the Family Law Section of Best Lawyers in America and is an AV Preeminent Peer Rated Lawyer at Martindale Hubbell. She is a graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Charlotte and has been practicing family law for more than two decades. Barri is a strong, ethical advocate for divorcing parents and their children and considers the entire family unit to the greatest extent possible, especially as a mediator. Super Lawyers selection process includes nomination, independent research, and elite peer evaluation to determine each...

Barri Payne Listed in the 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers in America

We are so happy to share with you that Barri Payne has been included in the Family Law Section of the 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers in America. Barri is a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law and is certified as a Family Financial Mediator through the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission. A BV Distinguished Peer Rated Lawyer at Martindale Hubbell, this is Barri’s second year of inclusion on the Best Lawyers in America list. First published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Lawyers cannot pay a fee to be listed and therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Find out more about the Best Lawyers inclusion methodology on their website at https://www.bestlawyers.com/methodology. Barri’s Durham family law practice includes issues surrounding separation and divorce, child custody and...

BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA INCLUDES BARRI PAYNE IN THE 2022 FAMILY LAW SECTION

For the third consecutive year, Best Lawyers in America has included Barri Payne in the Family Law Section, this time in the 2022 Edition of Best Lawyers in America. Barri is a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law and is certified as a Family Financial Mediator through the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission. Best Lawyers® is universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence based on annual peer evaluation. The full methodology for inclusion at Best Lawyers is found on their website at https://www.bestlawyers.com/methodology. Barri’s Durham family law practice specializes in matters surrounding separation and divorce, child custody and child support, equitable division of assets and debts, spousal support and alimony, and modification and enforcement of prior court orders or agreements in family law matters. Barri also provides mediation services to lawyers and their divorcing clients throughout the Research Triangle and in surrounding counties. To find out more about...

The Covid 19 Pandemic and Your Case

Dear Valued Clients: I wanted to update all of you on how the Coronavirus pandemic is affecting Payne Family Law and Mediation and potentially your legal matter. Our office hours. First, know that we are still working, albeit reduced hours given the slowdown and our own personal needs to manage the needs of our families and to adhere to the federal and state guidelines for social distancing. If you call our office or email us, please know that you will receive a return call or email but it may not be until the next business day. Appointments. We are still scheduling and conducting initial consultations and necessary conversations with clients, but are doing these by telephone. This is for your safety and ours and to encourage you to stay home and stay safe and healthy. If you need to come to the office to make a payment or sign a...

BARRI PAYNE LISTED IN 2020 BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA FAMILY LAW SECTION

Payne Family Law & Mediation is pleased to announce that Barri Payne has been included in the Family Law Section of Best Lawyers in America 2020 list. Barri Payne is a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law and is certified as a Family Financial Mediator through the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission. She attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she received a B.A. in Religious studies and Sociology and earned her Juris Doctor degree from University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill in 1999. Barri is a strong and ethical advocate for divorcing parents and children. She considers the entire family unit to the greatest extent possible, especially as a mediator. First published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Lawyers cannot pay a fee...

From a War of the Roses to a Meeting of the Minds – Getting the Most from Mediation

Your family law clients might not be ready to draw a line through the center of the house as Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner did in THE WAR OF THE ROSES, but their divorces may be just as contentious. Whether contentious or not, family law matters can be skillfully resolved with the help of a mediator extensively experienced in family law.

Do People Really Fight Over Dishes?

As a young family-law attorney starting out seventeen (17) years ago, I had no idea the variety of assets that would be the subject of long conversations with clients, letters to opposing counsel, negotiation at mediation, or even trial time in Court. Besides real estate, retirement accounts and cash, these assets have included Beanie Babies, pets, photo albums, dog houses, guns, clothing, and yes, dishes! Our courts have become increasingly unwilling to spend time on personal property and are often now appointing arbitrators to decide these issues if unresolved at the time of trial. However, my experience representing clients and mediating cases has taught me that sometimes these issues are very important to one or both parties. Usually this is because either the item(s) has a great sentimental value or the item is a symbol or manifestation of an interest or feeling that they cannot articulate or that cannot be...

Divorce in North Carolina

In N.C. parties have to be living separate and apart for a period exceeding one year in order to file for divorce. The divorce action is separate from the other issues such as equitable distribution and child custody or child support and can be (and usually are) filed separately. The divorce can proceed even if the other issues are not resolved, with the caveat that alimony and equitable distribution claims are deemed waived if not filed prior to the entry of the divorce judgment. However, so long as those claims have been filed and are pending prior to the divorce, they will survive the entry of the divorce judgment. Divorce in N.C. does not require the showing of fault grounds or irreconcilable differences. Being a citizen and resident of N.C. for 6 months prior to filing, and living separate and apart for a period exceeding one year with the intention...

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