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)
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 who live in Raleigh. She enjoys Gardening, Canoeing, Hiking and Running.
About The Practice
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 and adoption. She is also trained as a family mediator.
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 certified Paralegal, Jean Jurasin and Office Manager, Lisa Jones 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.
The following links are resources to answer frequently asked questions about divorce, mediation, adoption, & child custody in the state of North Carolina.
- Frequently asked questions about North Carolina Divorce
- North Carolina Child Support Payment Calculator
- North Carolina Child Support Guidelines
- Family Financial Settlement Program As Option
- Divorce Mediation Frequently Asked Questions
- North Carolina Adoption Law
- Pisgah Legal Services: A nonprofit organization offering legal assistance
Disclaimer: The materials contained on this website are for information and educational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice.
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.
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.
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
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. More….
B. Equitable Distribution
In North Carolina, the process of dividing the property and debts of a marriage as it being terminated is called Equitable Distribution. Ingrid Friesen can help you determine how to assess and divide which property you are entitled to as part of your divorce, and assist you in negotiating an agreement between the parties outside of court. More…
E. Child Custody
In North Carolina, child custody refers to the rights and responsibilities that parents have to care for their children’s general welfare, authority, religion, education and health. In divorce, this responsibility becomes divided. More….
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. Click here to access the North Carolina child support calculator.
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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) 254-0599
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