Family Law

Full-Service family law firm for Carteret or Craven Counties

Whether you are anticipating the joys of adoption or experiencing the frustrations of marital conflict, the Kirkman Whitford Law Firm can help. We have served families for more than 30 years.

Our family law attorneys provide legal services in all areas of family law, including:

  • Adoption
  • Alimony
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child support
  • Child support modification and enforcement
  • Divorce
  • Juvenile delinquency and dependency
  • Mediation
  • Pre- and post-nuptial agreements


The Kirkman Whitford Law Firm assists families with all aspects of international and domestic adoptions. Our attorneys handle the legalities of your adoption so that you can concentrate on your new family.


Divorce should not lead to financial crises. The attorneys at Kirkman Whitford Law Firm help you establish an equitable amount of spousal support.

Child Custody and Visitation

Our divorce attorneys protect your parental rights to raise your children in an appropriate and supportive home.

Child Support

Our attorneys ensure that you receive or pay an equitable amount of the financial support that is required to raise your children in a healthy, happy environment.

Child Support Modification and Enforcement

Child support payments do not change unless the court modifies the child support order. If either the custodial or noncustodial parent experiences a significant change in circumstances, our attorneys can guide you through the proper legal procedures to modify your child support payments accordingly.


Through mediation or litigation, or divorce our law firm can help you gain the most equitable results, including fair distribution of assets, division of marital home, child support payments and child custody rights.

Juvenile Delinquency and Dependency Proceedings

We are skilled at maneuvering through the complex laws of North Carolina to protect your parental rights from the interference of government authorities.


Mediation puts the decisions in your hands, and can often provide more expedient, more predictable results than a trial can. The skilled negotiators at Kirkman Whitford Law Firm can help you obtain the most equitable divorce settlement.

Pre- and Post-Nuptial Agreements

We expect the unexpected, and draft premarital agreements that protect both spouses’ interests and alleviate some of the stress if you divorce.

Dedicated Family Law Attorneys

To schedule an appointment with a North Carolina family law attorney, call the Kirkman Whitford Law Firm at 252-726-8411, or contact us online.