Appeals

Durham-Chapel Hill-Raleigh Board Certified Family Law Appeals Lawyer

Serving the Triangle Area

Attorney Gray Ellis has successfully represented clients in appeals of family court decisions in Durham-Chapel Hill and surrounding communities. He has several published appellate opinions, which means that he has helped to shape and create family law in North Carolina. We have a combined fifty years of experience serving clients, and have one of only a few practicing attorneys in Durham County to be Board Certified by the North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization as a family law specialist.

Attorney Ellis routinely advises other lawyers how to properly admit evidence at trial level so the issue won't be taken up on appeal. He also advises clients whether it is appropriate to appeal a family law case. All issues in a divorce judgment can be appealed, including marital property division, child custody and visitation, child support, and spousal support.

Here are some examples of family law appeals Gray Ellis has handled:

  • Baumann-Chacon v. Baumann - Attorney Ellis successfully argued that a trial court does have the authority to enter temporary custody and child support orders before the parties physically separate from one another, as it is in the State's best interest to protect our minor children.
  • Danai vs. Danai − Attorney Ellis successfully defended the terms of a separation agreement in two separate appeals.
  • Diehl vs. Diehl − Attorney Ellis was primary defense lawyer in this seminal case that defined the term legal custody in North Carolina.
  • Macher vs. Macher − Attorney Ellis represented the defendant in a challenge to an absolute divorce judgment that was heard through oral arguments at the North Carolina Supreme Court.
  • Pellom vs. Pellom − Attorney Ellis represented the defendant in a complex equitable distribution action concerning an interest in a medical practice valued at $1.2 million.

Did You Know?

  • If the stakes in your divorce are high, you may want to consult an appellate attorney to reduce the likelihood of the case being successfully appealed.

For more information about family law: Call Ellis Family Law at 919-688-9400 or fill out the contact form on this site.

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