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Heather Williams Forshey

Family Attorney at Raleigh, NC

5.0   2 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2006
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Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    20%
    We represent clients in custody and visitation matters that arise in the context of divorce, paternity and post-divorce matters, including modifications of custody and visitation, parental relocation disputes and other critical matters.

  2. Child support
    20%
    We assist clients with child support matters in divorce and paternity cases. We also represent clients who are seeking a child support modification.

  3. Divorce and separation
    20%
    We can help you with all issues that may arise in your divorce, including property division, child custody, visitation, spousal support and child support.

  4. Family
    20%
    The Raleigh Divorce Law Firm offers a full-service family law practice. We are committed to providing quality legal representation and highly personalized service.

  5. Mediation
    20%

 

Attorney Heather Williams Forshey opened Raleigh Divorce Law Firm in May 2010. She is a Board Certified Family Law Specialist, is certified as a family financial mediator by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission, and is also a Certified Parenting Coordinator.

She has exclusively practiced North Carolina family law since 2006. In that time, she has earned a reputation for providing knowledgeable, highly skilled legal counsel to clients contemplating divorce or struggling with family law issues such as custody. Her firm only handles divorce, domestic issues, adoptions, appeals of family law issues, and related matters. Domestic issues include child custody, child support, post separation support, alimony, property settlements (equitable distribution), domestic violence, and negotiation and preparation of separation agreements. She is an experienced litigator and has focused her family law practice on the area of child custody and modifications of child custody. 

Heather has been a speaker at continuing legal education courses on topics including equitable distribution, child custody, parental alienation, and child support. While the majority of Heather’s practice focuses on cases in the Raleigh area, Heather has also handled cases in Smithfield, Lillington, Sanford, Chapel Hill, Durham, Fayetteville, and surrounding areas.

Heather went to law school at Wake Forest University, where she was on Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board. Heather was a finalist in the law school’s Moot Court oral argument competition during her first year and continued to compete successfully in oral argument competitions during the rest of her law school career. 

Heather has been involved in pro bono efforts with the Guardian ad Litem program serving abused and neglected children since 2001, first as a GAL volunteer advocate for children in court proceedings, and currently as an attorney appellate advocate in assigned cases. She has also been involved in pro bono efforts to assist victims of domestic violence throughout her legal career. She worked in family services for the Head Start program before attending law school, where she developed a passion for helping families in crisis that has continued to this day.

Heather is an extremely experienced family law attorney who will pay attention to the unique details of every case and fight aggressively for a client’s rights when needed. She is someone you would want on your side when going through a divorce or a stressful family situation.

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Raleigh Divorce Law Firm
8341 Bandford Way, Suite 1
Raleigh, NC, 27615-3549

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Posted by Carl | October 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Choice for Family Divorce Attorney
From the moment I met with lead Attorney, Heather Williams Forshey at Raleigh Divorce Law, I finally drove home confident that I had someone that absolutely cared about my case. In an extremely high conflict divorce and especially Child Custody Case, Heather and her excellent paralegals and staff immediately got to work and proved how impressive they really are. After giving other attorney's the opportunity to work my case, only Raleigh Divorce Law did the "extras", and truly took the time to research, question, communicate, you name it, the information that was needed to produce unbelievable results. Anyone that is even contemplating a Family Divorce and for sure Child Custody issues needs to contact this firm!
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Posted by anonymous | April 16, 2014
Undoubtedly One of the Best...Client Focused, Practical, Prudent, Competent and Committed!
I just completed a successful custody case with the Raleigh Divorce Law Firm. I came to them after having a very disappointing experience with another attorney, in which I felt as though I had no real advocate. I was emotionally exhausted in the midst of an extremely high conflict custody case and had seen no movement in my case in 7-8 months. I researched new attorneys online and saw great reviews on Heather Forshey, so I begrudgingly contacted the office, hoping to have a better experience. I met with Heather. She was succinct in our consultation and told me exactly where I was in the case, and what needed to be done. She took on my case (which was a complete and total one-sided mess with an overwhelming amount of documentation as well as high conflict issues) only a couple of weeks before my next court date. In the interim, it was Christmas vacation/New Years, and I ran into a situation, before they even began working on my case, where I was unable to have my child returned as scheduled. At the time, Heather was on holiday vacation and Lauren Hinzey returned my call. Within hours of receiving my call, Lauren had sorted out the situation and I was on my way to pick up my child shortly thereafter. Completely unexpected, considering the time of year and considering all of my past experiences were it seemed that I had no control over what was happening with my own child. It was the first time I felt like I actually had someone advocating for my children and I. Someone was in the battle…finally. Not only were they in the battle, but they were fighting with the same amount of passion and commitment I had for my children. Heather continued to work on the case thereafter, tightening up the reins on an out of control situation. I could go on forever with the countless times she and her staff completely turned around skewed situations in my favor. I was not able to make any progress with financial matters of child support prior…but she was able to double the child support I had been receiving. Heather accomplished more in the first 30 days of taking my case, then I’d seen in 8 months. Not only was she getting things done, but her billing was exceptionally fair. She made sure that my case was completed as cost effectively as possible, while never sacrificing quality of service. Beyond her laser focus on the bottom line in the best interest of her clients…she was also able to provide prudent advice at a time when my emotions were running high. I trusted her completely and I am so glad that I did. She kept a level head when I was in another orbit, wondering if the nightmare would ever end. She also provided much needed encouragement as I was going through the process. She developed every strategy possible to ensure that my case was always in the best position possible. My case was settled in the final hour, literally before court, but I attribute that to the fact that Heather and her team are truly a force to be reckoned with. After everything was said and done, I don’t think the opposing side wanted to face her in court. As with any settlement, concessions are made, but I think Heather was able to secure 99% of the terms I wanted. I received custody of both of my children, a fair schedule with their father, all outstanding issues addressed and she was able gain reimbursement for the financial issues that were pending from our divorce. Going a step further, she actually pursued things I didn’t even think of like retroactive child support, so she actually exceeded the amount I was initially seeking. Chaston, Diane, Lauren, Heather - all a fantastic group of women and consummate professionals. I think they’re as close to “superwomen” as you can get. I trusted them with what I value most in life...my children, and they handled their interests with the same level of care as an extended part of my family. Trust me…if you’re in the heat of battle, this is the team you want in your corner.
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Work Experience

  • Owner / Attorney
  • Raleigh Divorce Law Firm
  • 2010 - Present
  • Associate
  • Hilbert Law Firm
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Associate
  • Crawford & Crawford
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Associate
  • Herring McBennett Mills & Finkelstein
  • 2006 - 2007
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Education

  • Wake Forest University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Elon University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Associations

  • North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission
  • Certified Family Financial Mediator
  • 2012 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Family Law Section of NC Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • 10th Judicial District Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Communications Committee Chair on the Executive Board
  • 2007 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Board Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
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Publications

  • Wake Forest Law Review
  • Writer
  • 2006
  • Wake Forest Law Review
  • Writer
  • 2005
  • Wake Forest Law Review
  • Writer
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Family Law Section
  • Practicing Family Law in the Triangle: What You Need to Know Now
  • 2014
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Family Law Section
  • Preparation and Use of Financial Affidavits
  • 2012
  • Preparing the Equitable Distribution of Inventory Affidavits and the Final Equitable Distribution Order
  • "Equitable Distribution Workshop"
  • 2009

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Divorce and separation Attorney | May 15
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Family Attorney | Oct 15
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"I endorse Heather. She is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
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Raleigh Family Lawyer Heather Williams Forshey
Heather Williams Forshey
Family Attorney
Raleigh, NC
Licensed for 17 years