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Divorce is a big deal.  It's stressful, expensive and emotional.  You're scared, nervous, and frightened about what the future wil hold.  We get that and we consider it our job to work with you to make this process as easy and painless as possible.  But you must be empowered first. 

You need information.  You need to know how this will work, what the law allows, how much support you may receive or pay, or how to protect your kids throughout this process.  We believe that before you make the decision to divorce or separate, you must be able to review all this information in a secure, safe environment, which is why I've created a divorce website packed with information such as FAQ's, articles, videos (coming soon) and blog posts - all about divorce in North Carolina.  I've also published the "North Carolina Divorce Guide: How to Prepare Yourself for Divorce & Find and Hire the Right Lawyer for Your Case".

Before you even consider calling or meeting with a lawyer, negotiating with your spouse or their lawyer, or sign any paperwork, I encourage you to review this information, order a copy of our divorce guide, or attend one of our seminars (also coming soon).

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Practice areas


  1. Alimony: 20%
    11 years
  2. Divorce: 20%
    11 years
  3. Uncontested Divorce: 20%
    11 years
  4. Prenuptials: 20%
    11 years
  5. Family: 20%
    11 years



Hourly ($195-285/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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  • David Hinson

    Jim is a highly skilled lawyer and a zealous advocate for his clients. I know Jim primarily as a collaborative divorce lawyer, and I can fully endorse his knowledge and skill in that area. I would recommend his services to anyone.


    David Hinson Divorce and separation Attorney
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Contact info

The Hart Law Firm, P.A.

201 Shannon Oaks Circle
Suite 200
Cary, NC, 27511


FLMember in Good Standing200406/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Cum LaudeOhio Wesleyan University1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
President/Managing AttorneyThe Hart Law Firm, P.A.2010 - Present
President/Managing AttorneyThe Law Office of James W. Hart, P.A.2005 - 2009
Associate AttorneyJames, Hoyer, Newcomer, Smiljanich & Yanchunis2004 - 2004
Trial AttorneyOffice Of The Public Defender 18th Circuit2004 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeN/A2010 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationN/A2010 - Present
North Carolina State BarN/A2010 - Present
Triangle Business LeadersFounding Member2009 - Present
Florida BarN/A2004 - Present
Triangle Business LeadersPresident2009 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hicks v. HicksAfter a 4 day bench trial, received lump sum financial assets and attorneys fees from husband
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Publication nameTitleDate
AmazonBusiness Law Basics2016
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeWhen Worlds Collide: The Intersection of Domestic Law and Workers' Comp2014
National Business Institute SeminarProper Social Media Conduct2011
National Business Institute ManuscriptEthical Boundaries of Discovery2011
Press Release - May 2010Raleigh Divorce Lawyer James Hart reopens firm!2010
Florida Family Law Commentator - Summer 2006Tools for Asset Valuation2006
The Briefs, Orange County Bar AssociationProfessionalism - A Family Law Perspective2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Carolina Dispute Settlement ServicesFamily Financial Services Mediation TrainingCertificate2010
Ohio State University Moritz College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2003
Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of LawCapitals of Europe - Study AbroadN/A2002
Wharton School, University of PennsylvaniaFinancial ManagementN/A2000
Ohio Wesleyan UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Hope CollegeStudy AbroadN/A1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Workers' Comp RoundtableThe Intersection of Domestic Law and Workers' Comp2014
Ethics and Social Media: What Attorneys Need to KnowProper Social Media Conduct2011
Ethics and Social Media: What Attorneys Need to KnowEthical Boundaries of Discovery2011
Marital and Family Law IssuesAlimony & Spousal Support in Florida2007