Greetings. Since your spouse is here in NC and the marital property is here, I would recommend that you use a NC attorney. You will want to try to do this through negotiations first, rather than court. If your husband has already retained a divorce, you may have lost any and all rights you have to the house under equitable distribution. You need to find out what has been done by him since you left in 2000.
Yes, all attorneys charge fees up front. We do not bill retainers, but charge flat fees so that our clients are assured how much the final charge will be from the beginning of representation, rather than leaving how much the process will cost open ended. Thank you.
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney at Law
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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