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Kristopher Joel Hilscher

Child custody Attorney at Raleigh, NC

5.0   9 reviews

also known as Kris Hilscher

  • Licensed for 14 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Kristopher

Learn Kristopher’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Child custody

    12 years

  2. Alimony

  3. Divorce and separation
    Divorce, military divorce, military pension division, military family law

  4. Child support

    12 years

  5. Family

    12 years

  6. Litigation

    12 years

Kris is a board certified specialist in family law.  Kris has been described as a 'born strategist,' and brings this systematic approach to every case. Kris frequently serves as a co-counsel on military divorce and military pension division cases, and represents clients facing child custody, alimony, equitable distribution, division of trusts or businesses in divorce, domestic violence, child support, termination of parental rights, and all related family law matters.

Kris won the 2023 Leaders in the Law Award from NC Lawyers Weekly,honoring lawyers who set the standard for other lawyers, make outstanding contributions to the practice of law, show leadership in improving the justice system, act as role models and mentors, and make essential contributions to the legal community.  He was recognized as a family law Legal Elite by Business North Carolina Magazine. Kris has received an AV rating by Martindale Hubbell - a distinction awarded to lawyers who have achieved the highest level of professional excellence as rated by lawyers and judges.  In addition, Kris writes articles, and teaches continuing education classes to lawyers on family law topics and military divorce topics. He has been featured on CNN's HLN, ABC, NBC, WRAL, and The Guardian.

Kris married his high school sweetheart, Chelsey, and together they have three children.  


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Sullivan & Hilscher Family Law
5511 Capital Center Dr., Suite 320
Raleigh, NC, 27606

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Posted by Michael | October 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional lawyer
Kris has been an exceptional lawyer guiding me through many aspects of my divorce process. During my selection process Kris quickly distinguished himself as someone who cared about coming to the best possible outcome based on the circumstances of the case and his personal moral and ethical values and believes. Kris has throughout the whole process fought for my best interests without ever compromising his ethical standards. He diligently pushed for a collaborative approach trying to achieve win/win scenarios for all involved. He tried his best to keep our divorce outside the courtroom and attempted to guide us to reach a mutually acceptable agreement. When eventually we ended up having to go to court, he came with clear and focused strategies for each court date. Kris was able to give me guidance based on his experience working with other families going through similar challenges, his knowledge of the court system and cases like ours, his deep knowledge of the law, and his experience in working with other stakeholders in family law. Kris has throughout the entire process been very professional while always understanding the human aspects of the challenges we were facing and has gone out of his way to accommodate my needs. With respect to all legal fees and billing, Kris has continuously informed me of benefits, risks, and costs of every aspect of our approach so I could make informed decisions. All billing by Kris and his team has been very fair and he has always been considerate of containing my costs where it was possible and made sense. I have a deep appreciations for Kris both on a personal and professional level. I would highly recommend Kris to anyone going through a separation and who doesn’t want to lose their sanity or integrity in the process.
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Posted by Anna | July 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Fantastic family law attorney!
Kris Hilscher is a fantastic example of what every attorney should be. He's strategic, brilliant, and cares deeply about the individual needs of each client, both during and after separation/divorce. His calm and collected demeanor, wisdom, and experience supported me in every way possible through my divorce.
Posted by Albert | November 15, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
The consummate professional and competent attorney
Kris served me very well during my custody trial. He is very knowledgeable about the system, procedure and law. He's also a very strategic planner and the ultimate ethical professional. In the end, his level headed and reassuring demeanor proved very valuable in getting me justice for my family. I would unequivocally recommend Kris for anyone seeking legal representation in the often contentious realm of family law.
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Posted by Heather | May 31, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend- very professional and compassionate
Kris is an amazing attorney. From the first meeting I felt that he understood my needs. He truly cared about my case and was excellent at making sure I was comfortable with each decision that was made. He always presented the pros and cons and was realistic in expectations. He is a highly skilled attorney in court and is very knowledgeable about the law. I never felt overcharged and felt that his billing was accurate and fair. It's very hard to find an attorney like this that truly cares and is so skilled. I highly recommend kris. I'm not sure it gets better that this!
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Posted by Pete | April 22, 2015
Sharp, Clear and Focused
Kris Hilscher represented me in both a professional and kind manner. He was able to take on my case given short notice and absorb the information quickly. He listened to what I was looking for in my representation and provided various strategies and the pros and cons of them. He made clear and decisive points concerning the law and potential outcomes quickly, and advised me if something needed more research. Not only was Kris helpful in the courtroom, but he was able to handle my frustrations with the case as well. This gave me great reassurance in the strength of our case and his representation. He took an interest in the case and resolution that made me feel like more than a billable. My representation was excellent - the case was resolved quickly. Kris kept me informed and involved the whole way and followed through to ensure that everything was OK at conclusion.
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Posted by Brian | October 1, 2014
Honest, hardworking, and knowledgeable are only the tip of the iceberg when describing Kris Hilscher.
When I came to Younce & Vtipil I only needed a separation agreement, or so I thought. My life started to spin out of control with accusations of violence that were simply not true. I was introduced to Kris Hilscher and from day one, not only was he very knowledgeable, he got to know me. Kris got to know my family and my life in a way that I wasn't expecting from a lawyer. Kris took my case head on and has saved me and family in so many ways. Kris worked through the false accusations and got my name cleared, then he moved on to my original desire of getting my son back to me and we won. Throughout it all, he has been polite, especially since I have had SO many questions, timely, honest, caring, on and on. There are't enough words to say what his work means to me. I came to Younce & Vtipil for help with my life and Kris Hilscher delivered in more ways than I could imagine.
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Posted by Peyton | September 30, 2014
the standard that all attorneys should strive for
Kris Hilscher should be the standard that all attorneys strive for. Not only is he trustworthy and kind, but he is a person who truly knows the legal system inside and out. Kris' work ethic is unmatched. He worked tirelessly over a weekend in order to avoid a trial that would have cost us thousands of dollars (thousands that would have gone into his pocket if he had just let it pan out on its own); his priority was "taking care of us" and getting us justice in the most cost-effective way possible, not draining our back account. Without Kris as our lawyer, I'm confident that we would have never gotten our little boy back as soon as we did, and we are forever grateful to him for changing all of our lives.
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Posted by JLN | February 4, 2014
Thank you Kris!
Attorney Kris Hilscher is a dedicated and hardworking attorney. He is honest, and forthright. By being so straightforward we knew exactly what to expect. Mr. Hilscher is: honest, trustworthy, inspires confidence, uses “plain talk” that a non-law person such as myself could understand. He patiently explained the law and offered scenarios as examples to my situation. He made me comfortable, and dispelled any fears that I had involving my case. I whole-heartedly recommend Attorney Kris Hilscher, we ended up with an outstanding result that I do not think we would have gotten otherwise.
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Posted by Angela | December 1, 2011
Custody and Child Support
Mr. Hilscher was an awesome lawyer in all aspects of both of my cases! Very respectful and informative towards me. He always told me the truth and informed me the options that could arise, and some did. Needless he got me what I wanted and deserved and that's all I ever asked for. I am very satisfied with his services and the way he presented himself and helped me. Thank you so much Kris for being more than a lawyer but like a friend and someone who really cares. Defiantly would recommend to others!!!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-375 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Mark Sullivan, P.A.
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Younce & Vtipil
  • 2012 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Page Law Office, PLLC
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Intern
  • Akins, Hunt, & Fearon
  • 2007 - 2008
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  • Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • Hampden-Sydney College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Custody
  • Obtained primary custody for an out-of-state Dad.
  • Domestic Violence
  • Protective Order dismissed in favor of my client.
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Obtained an unequal distribution in my client's favor of an estate valued well in excess of 1 million dollars
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  • 10th Judicial District Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • 2005 - Present
  • Pi Sigma Alpha - Honor Fraternity
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Lee County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Lee County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2010 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Legal Elite
  • Business North Carolina
  • 2018
  • Top Rated Lawyer-AV® Preeminent™ Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2016


  • Campbell Law Observer
  • Editor-in-chief
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • NCBA Continuing Legal Education
  • Post Trial Matters in Family Court
  • 2019
  • ABA Beacon Live Webinar
  • Military Pension Division
  • 2019
  • Primetime Justice with Ashleigh Banfield
  • Change in NC Law
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (4)
Endorse Kristopher
Child custody Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am impressed with Mr. Hilscher's thoughtful advice and answers to legal questions on Avvo. He has an in-depth understanding of the law and an ability to communicate legal concepts clearly and effectively. I endorse this lawyer!"
Family Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Hilscher is well respected in the community and a passionate advocate for his clients. Anyone would be lucky to have him as their attorney. I endorse this lawyer"
Family Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Chris. He is a strong advocate for his clients, both inside and outside the courtroom."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Kris is a terrific lawyer and wonderful person."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Had the pleasure of working on a recent case with Kris. He's competent and professional and really fights for his clients."
Family Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Kristopher. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Kris is a bright, talented and driven attorney who passionately advocates for his clients."
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Criminal defense
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation
Raleigh Child custody Lawyer Kristopher Joel Hilscher
Kristopher Joel Hilscher
Child custody Attorney
Raleigh, NC
Licensed for 14 years