North Carolina Family Law

Full-service family law firm in Smithfield

Whether you are anticipating the joys of adoption, experiencing the pain of marital conflict or facing another legal issue close to home, the attorneys at Spence, Berkau, McLamb, P.A. listen to your needs, understand your concerns and help you reach solutions to your legal problems.

Spence, Berkau, McLamb, P.A. has served families in Smithfield since 1975. Our family law attorneys provide legal services across a wide spectrum of areas, including:

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


Adopting a child brings happiness to families, but when something goes wrong, there is a chance of substantial heartache. Spence, Berkau, McLamb, P.A. assists families with the complex legal process of adoption so that you can feel secure about your child’s future wellbeing.


Divorce is difficult, but it should not lead to a financial crisis. The attorneys at Spence, Berkau, McLamb, P.A. help you establish fair and equitable spousal support so that you can continue to live as comfortably as you did before your marriage ended.

Child custody and visitation

For every parent, child custody is the most heart-wrenching aspect of divorce. Our divorce attorneys advocate for your parental rights so that you can raise your children in an appropriate and healthy home.

Child support

Both parents share the responsibility of raising a child. At Spence, Berkau, McLamb, P.A. our attorneys help ensure that your child receives the financial support required for a healthy, happy upbringing.

Child support modification and enforcement

Child support payments remain the same unless and until the court modifies the child support order. If either parent experiences a significant change in financial circumstances, our attorneys can guide you through the proper legal procedures to modify your child support payments accordingly.


Throughout your divorce, our attorneys stand by you. We accompany you through mediation or litigation, depending on which is likely to obtain the best possible results for you — including fair distribution of assets, division of the marital home, child support payments and child custody rights.

Juvenile delinquency and dependency proceedings

When North Carolina authorities interfere with your parental rights, you need a compassionate advocate who understands the bureaucratic red tape. Spence, Berkau, McLamb, P.A. is skilled at maneuvering through the complex laws of North Carolina to protect your parental rights.


Mediation puts the decisions in your hands, and it can often provide more expedient, more predictable results than a trial can. The skilled negotiators at Spence, Berkau, McLamb, P.A. can help you obtain the most favorable divorce settlement using mediation.

Pre- and post-nuptial agreements

When you marry your beloved, you may not foresee the potential problems that can eventually lead to divorce. The lawyers at Spence, Berkau, McLamb, P.A. expect the unexpected. They draft premarital agreements that protect both spouses’ interests and which can alleviate some of the stress if you ever divorce.

Contact Smithfield family law attorneys you can trust

To schedule an appointment with an experienced family law attorney, call Spence, Berkau, McLamb, P.A. at
919-934-1149 or contact us online.