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Ingrid Friesen Attorney At Law

Ingrid Friesen

Asheville Family Law Attorney Ingrid Friesen has practiced law in North Carolina since 1984. Born in Winnipeg, Canada, she received a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Religion from the University of Manitoba in 1976. She went on to receive her J.D. from Cleveland Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University.

She maintained a solo practice for four years in Western North Carolina. In 1988, she joined the Asheville office of Gum, Hillier & Friesen as a partner, practicing primarily family law there until 1993, when she opened her solo practice, Ingrid Friesen, PA.

Ingrid has also acted as a mediator in family law cases for many years. She has been certified as a North Carolina Family Law Specialist since 1993 and was trained as a Family Mediator in 1997. She is well respected for her clear focus, work ethic and keen advocacy for her clients.

Throughout her career, Ingrid has devoted time and energy to improving the quality of the practice of family law through Bar Membership and Service, including:

Vice President, 28th Judicial District Bar Executive Committee (2010-2011)

President, 28th Judicial District Bar (2011-2012)

Member, Board of Directors, North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys (1989)

NCBA Family Law Section Member

ABA Family Law Section Member

She is active in the community, with past service and awards including:

President, Board of Directors Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity

President, Board of Directors, Pisgah Legal Services 1994 and 1995

Pisgah Legal Services, Board Member Emeritus, 2008

Chair, Board of Directors, Jubilee Community,

Member, Board of Directors, Ten Thousand Villages

Special Recognition, Asheville- Buncombe Community Relations Council Woman of the Year

Pro Bono Award Nominee, 28th Judicial District Bar, (1989 and 2005)

Ingrid Friesen lives in Asheville with her husband. She has two grown children. She enjoys Gardening, Canoeing, Hiking and Running.


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Resources:

Divorce FAQ: http://www.nccourts.org/Support/FAQs/FAQs.asp?Type=14&language=1

Child Support Payment Calculator: http://www.nccourts.org/Courts/CRS/Childsupport.asp

Child Support Guidelines: http://www.nccourts.org/Forms/Documents/1226.pdf

Family Financial Settlement: http://www.nccourts.org/Support/FAQs/FAQs.asp?Type=7&language=1

Mediation FAQ: http://www.nccourts.org/Support/FAQs/FAQs.asp?Type=10&language=1

Adoption:

http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dss/adopt/how.htm

Pisgah Legal Services: A nonprofit organization offering legal assistance, advocacy and outreach to help low income people in Western North Carolina meet basic needs. www.pisgahlegal.org

Disclaimer: The materials contained on this website are for information and educational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice.


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Practice Areas

Practice Areas

a. Divorce

b. Equitable Distribution

c. Alimony

d. Child Custody

e. Child Support

f. Domestic Violence Protection Orders

g. Mediation

A. Divorce: Divorce can affect the lives, relationships, and futures of entire families. There are many concerns you might have during this process regarding your relationship with your children, dividing your property, financial support, and preparing for your future.

Ingrid Friesen is a family law specialist who will answer your questions, inform and guide you through the process, help you formulate goals, set realistic expectations, provide you with options, formulate a case strategy, negotiate for your best interests, and will be prepared to litigate if reasonable agreements cannot be reached.

More importantly, Ingrid Friesen and her staff understand the stress and emotional strain that our clients go through during divorce proceedings. Our practice is dedicated to supporting you through the challenges of the process with compassionate, thorough and dedicated representation. We will help you navigate the challenges of the moment while preparing for your future.

For more information about the divorce process in North Carolina, click here. (Links to Divorce FAQs).

Choosing the Right Divorce Attorney

Choosing the right divorce attorney is a critically important decision. For more information about our firm, or to contact us about your case, call 828-254-0565

B. Equitable Distribution

In North Carolina the process of dividing the property and debts of a marriage is called Equitable Distribution. Ingrid Friesen can help you determine which property you are entitled to as part of your divorce, and assist in negotiating an agreement outside of court. Agreements made outside of court allow for input from both parties and are generally more flexibility than a court ordered division of property.

If the parties cannot agree, it may be necessary to seek a court-ordered property distribution. Ingrid Friesen has helped clients navigate the equitable distribution process in court with cases involving property and debt distribution, as well as complex business and financial issues, real estate investments, and, retirement and pension valuations and tax issues.

For more information on equitable distribution in North Carolina, click here. (links to Equitable Distribution FAQ)

C. Postseparation Support and Alimony

In many relationships, one spouse may be dependent on the other for financial support. In North Carolina, there are two types of spousal support: Postseparation Support and Alimony.

Post-Separation Support is temporary spousal support intended to provide support for the dependent spouse until a final decision is made about property distribution and permanent alimony.

Alimony is a payment made to support a spouse or former spouse that is court-ordered during a divorce. Alimony payments can be made periodically or in a lump sum, for a period specified by the court, or for an indefinite period of time. The amount and duration of an alimony award will be determined based upon the income and expenses of both parties.

To determine alimony, the court considers whether an award of alimony is fair and equitable considering the circumstances. The court will also consider several other factors when determining alimony. Ingrid Friesen has helped clients – both dependent and supporting spouses – through the alimony process. To find out more about how alimony is determined by the court, click here. (link to Alimony FAQ).

D. Child Support

Decisions about child support are based on North Carolina’s Child Support Guidelines. These guidelines apply to all cases and are based upon the income of both parents, day care and health insurance costs and the type of custodial arrangement that exists. The awarding of sole, joint or split custody will affect the calculated amount due for child support. Regardless of the custodial arrangement, both parents have a duty to support his or her children.

Child support is not always a one-time determination. As your financial circumstances change, you may ask for a change in the amount of child support you give or receive. Court ordered child support is payable until the child turns 18, or if the child is still attending school regularly, until age 20.

Ingrid Friesen can guide you through the determination of your legal rights and protections, and address financial questions you may have regarding child support calculations. To access the Child Support Calculator, click here. For more information about Child Support Guidelines in North Carolina, click here.

E. Child Custody

Child custody in North Carolina refers to the rights and responsibilities that parents have to care for their children’s general welfare, authority, religion, education and health. Most often, custody and visitation issues are settled by a voluntary agreement between the parents.

Because child custody is such an emotional issue, custody cases are sometimes litigated in court. In North Carolina, custody mediation is required in all cases involving litigation. The court provides the mediator and there is no charge for the custody mediation program. Both parties must participate in mediation until they reach an agreement, or until it is determined that they are unable to reach an agreement.

If the parties are unable to reach an agreement, a trial will be scheduled to settle the custody/visitation issues. In these cases, the judge will consider many factors when determining what’s in the best interest of the child, including:

  • Physical, mental, emotional needs of the child and each parent’s ability to provide for the various needs of the child
  • Each parent’s caretaking ability and home environment
  • Each parent’s availability to the child

If it is determined that a parent has acted inconsistently with his or her constitutionally protected rights to parent the child, it may be determined that a non-parent, such as a grandparent, would provide better care for the minor child than the biological parent.

It is important to understand your legal rights and obligations in custody cases. Ingrid Friesen can help you negotiate your custody agreement, provide references for mediation, and formalize agreements reached as a result of mediation or litigation in your case.

For more information about Child Custody Mediation program in North Carolina, click here

F. Domestic Violence Protection Orders

When an adult or child has been or is in danger of being a victim of violence, the court may enter a protection order to protect that person. Protection orders usually prohibit the defendant (person who committed the violence) from making any contact with the protected person(s) or from even coming within a specified distance of the protected person(s). Anyone violating the terms of a protection order faces criminal arrest and prosecution.

Unfortunately, some family law disputes involve violence or the threat of violence, necessitating protection orders. Ingrid Friesen has experience helping her clients get the protection they need through orders of protection.

If you or your children have been the victim of domestic violence and you are unable to afford an attorney there are resources available at Pisgah Legal Services.

G. Mediation

Divorce mediation is a meeting between the two parties involved in a divorce and a third party mediator.  The parties may also opt to for mediation with their attorneys present.  The goal is to discuss and come to an agreement on as many issues as possible. The mediator simply serves to help resolve disputes, not to tell either party what to do.

Mediation is often settled more quickly and is much less expensive than extended court proceedings. Many clients prefer it because they are able to come to a middle ground that both parties can accept and live with rather than having a judge decide for them.

It is important to note that Ingrid Friesen can be either your divorce mediator, facilitating mediation for clients who have attorneys present, or your personal divorce attorney, not both.

For more information about Divorce Mediation in North Carolina, click here. If you are in need of divorce mediation, please contact us today at 828-254-0565.


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Location

Ingrid Friesen’s offices are in a converted home in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Church Street is off of Patton Avenue that runs directly through the downtown area. We invite you to call for directions or follow the Google map provided below. Thank you for your interest in Asheville Family Law!

77 Church Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Phone: (828) 254-0565
Fax: (828) 254- 0555

Please call to make an appointment. Thank you for your interest in Asheville Family Law!


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Child Support

Decisions about child support are based on North Carolina’s Child Support Guidelines. These guidelines apply to all cases and are based upon the income of both parents, day care and health insurance costs and the type of custodial arrangement that exists. The awarding of sole, joint or split custody will affect the calculated amount due for child support. Regardless of the custodial arrangement, both parents have a duty to support his or her children.

Child support is not always a one-time determination. As your financial circumstances change, you may ask for a change in the amount of child support you give or receive. Court ordered child support is payable until the child turns 18, or if the child is still attending school regularly, until age 20.

Ingrid Friesen can guide you through the determination of your legal rights and protections, and address financial questions you may have regarding child support calculations. To access the Child Support Calculator, click here. For more information about Child Support Guidelines in North Carolina, click here.


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Divorce

Divorce can affect the lives, relationships, and futures of entire families. There are many concerns you might have during this process regarding your relationship with your children, dividing your property, financial support, and preparing for your future.

Ingrid Friesen is a family law specialist who will answer your questions, inform and guide you through the process, help you formulate goals, set realistic expectations, provide you with options, formulate a case strategy, negotiate for your best interests, and will be prepared to litigate if reasonable agreements cannot be reached.

More importantly, Ingrid Friesen and her staff understand the stress and emotional strain that our clients go through during divorce proceedings. Our practice is dedicated to supporting you through the challenges of the process with compassionate, thorough and dedicated representation. We will help you navigate the challenges of the moment while preparing for your future.

For more information about the divorce process in North Carolina, click here. (Links to Divorce FAQs).

Choosing the Right Divorce Attorney

Choosing the right divorce attorney is a critically important decision. For more information about our firm, or to contact us about your case, call 828-254-0565


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About Us

Ingrid Friesen formed her family law practice in 1993 with the desire to serve as a resource to clients needing assistance with divorce-related issues in Western North Carolina.

Ingrid Friesen, P.A. specializes in handling the complex legal issues surrounding North Carolina separation and divorce, including alimony and post-separation support, cases involving domestic violence, child custody and child support issues, and the equitable distribution of assets.  She is also trained as a family mediator, and will facilitate mediations for clients who have attorneys present.

Certified as a North Carolina Family Law Specialist since 1993 and as a Family Law Mediator since 1997, Ingrid is well respected for her clear focus, work ethic and keen advocacy for her clients.

The strong support of Paralegal, Tracy Williamson and Office Manager, Lisa deCarle provide a broad collection of skills and experience to the practice.

Serving the Asheville area, the law office of Ingrid Friesen, P.A. is a trusted expert in helping individuals and families through separation and divorce. Contact us today to make an appointment.


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Practice Areas

Practice Areas a. Divorce b. Equitable Distribution c. Alimony d. Child Custody e. Child...
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Location

Ingrid Friesen’s offices are in a converted home in downtown Asheville, North...
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Child Support

Decisions about child support are based on North Carolina’s Child Support Guidelines....
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Divorce

Divorce can affect the lives, relationships, and futures of entire families. There are...
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About Us

Ingrid Friesen formed her family law practice in 1993 with the desire to serve as a...
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Asheville Family Law | About Ingrid Friesen | Our Location | Legal Practice Areas
Adoption Legal Services| Asheville Alimony Attorney | Child Custody Lawyer | North Carolina Divorce Attorney
Equitable Distribution | Child Support | †Member N.C. State Bar Association | †Member 28th Judicial District Bar

Ingrid Friesen, P.A. | 77 Church Street | Asheville, North Carolina | 828-254-0565