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Susan L. Goetcheus

Family Attorney at Raleigh, NC

5.0   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2006
    Status
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IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING SEPARATING OR ENDING YOUR MARRIAGE, IT IS CRITICAL TO DISCUSS YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES WITH A DEPENDABLE AND EXPERIENCED DIVORCE ATTORNEY IN RALEIGH TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS

 Susan L. Goetcheus is a partner at Sandlin Family Law Group in Raleigh. She is a North Carolina Board Certified Family Law Specialist and Certified Parenting Coordinator. Her practice is devoted exclusively to family law, including divorce, child custody, domestic violence, child support, alimony, equitable distribution, adoptions, separation agreements, pre and post-nuptial agreements and termination of parental rights.

Her law firm also has extensive experience handling appeals. She received her J.D., cum laude, from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2006 and her B.A. in Philosophy, with a minor in Religion, from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1989. During law school, Ms. Goetcheus was a constitutional law research assistant and a member of the Law Journal. She also interned at the North Carolina Court of Appeals for the Honorable Martha A. Geer.
Ms. Goetcheus serves the community as a volunteer lawyer for The Child’s Advocate, through which she represents minor children in high conflict custody matters. She supervises law students through the Campbell University Law School’s Domestic Violence Clinic and represents victims of domestic violence through Project Together. Ms. Goetcheus also represents clients on a pro bono basis through the Volunteer Lawyers Program. Ms. Goetcheus represents individuals in Durham, Chatham, Orange, Johnston and Wake. She is an experienced, effective and zealous advocate.


Ms. Goetcheus lives in Raleigh with her husband, their three children and many pets. She and her law partner, Debbie, volunteer with Pawfect Match dog rescue.

Awards

Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
2018

Location

Sandlin Family Law Group

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
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Posted by Cindy | September 14, 2023
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She deserves more than five stars
I wish there were more than five stars to give Susan! Not only is she an amazing attorney, she is passionate about getting results for her clients. She’s very personable and easy to talk to and we have been amazed at her knowledge of family law. She’s very thorough and made sure we understood the process all along the way. Can’t say enough good about her! If you’re looking for a topnotch, highly professional, extremely knowledgeable, and very personable lawyer, look no further, you have found her!
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Posted by Sherry | October 27, 2022
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Excellent Family Attorney
I would like to formally commend my attorney Susan with Sandlin Family Law Group for the excellent service she provided for me in my child custody and divorce case. She is extremely knowledgeable and helped me stay on track during a very difficult time in my life. I was so impressed by the support and service she provided. Thank you so much for going above and beyond my expectations.
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Posted by Jacob | February 7, 2022
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Timely, professional, thorough & compassionate - a true expert in her field!
Susan L. Goetcheus, Esq. was an absolute professional throughout my entire separation/divorce case. I was initially referred by a colleague because of her expertise, and I now offer my highest recommendation to others seeking her services. Not only was she patient & took time to explain key concepts and unfamiliar legal terminology, but her emails & communication were always timely, she demonstrated a very compassionate demeanor throughout the process, and her relentless support was unwavering from start until finish. She is a true expert in her field, and I am honored to accepted me as a client.
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Posted by Chad | July 28, 2021
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Great family law attorney
I've been a client of Susan's for several years now and I have been very happy with the quality of her work as well as the care she has shown. Being an attorney myself (although not in the Family Law area), I know what a good attorney looks like in the how they communicate with their clients and the amount of attention they give to the details of a particular case. Susan excels in these areas as she has fought long and hard on my behalf over the courses of my cases. When I'm asked for recommendations for good family law attorneys, Susan's name is the first one that I always give.
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Posted by G | July 23, 2021
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Compassionate and Knowledgeable
Susan has been my attorney for several years. She is professional knowledgeable and detail oriented. She remembered things about my case that I had even forgotten and was an amazing advocate for my children when they needed one. She was and continues to be an expert at what she does and is so very honest; a quality I genuinely appreciated. If you are looking for someone who will fight for you look no further than Susan Goetcheus; I cannot recommend her enough.
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Posted by Matt | November 4, 2019
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Raleigh's Best Family Law Attorney
I don't normally write reviews. However, it would be a disservice for many if I didn't write this one. I hired Susan Goetcheus as my attorney and I would do it again without any reservation. Susan is the best family law attorney in the area in my opinion! She truly is an advocate for her clients in the courtroom. She fought for my needs and wants and was helpful in working through a very unpleasant process. She knows her area of expertise inside and out and will provide very sound advice. Her preparation is second to none. Watch her in the courtroom and you will see what I mean. There is a big difference between good attorney and a great attorney. Susan is a great attorney! Meet with her for a consultation and you will quickly realize exactly what I'm saying is spot on. You will not be dissappointed!
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Posted by Derek | February 6, 2019
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Susan is Great!
Divorce Sucks, but Susan makes it suck a little less. She is smart and tough but most importantly she knows family law and the family court system. She will fight for you, but also educate you and stop you from making a decision that is not well thought out. She was very upfront about cost. If I do X.. it will cost this much. If I do Y.. it will cost me this much. Divorce and custody cases can be expensive, but don't let cost get in the way. Susan is very fairly priced. She helped me negotiate a fair separation agreement that remains intact to this day. She has also been a great resource for family law information since my divorce (for many, the issues never go away). I would highly recommend Susan to any of my friends or family if they are ever in the unfortunate situation of a divorce or custody dispute. I don't wish it on anyone, but if it happens.. go to Susan.
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Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2018
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Very helpful parent coordinator
Susan was hired as the parent coordinator for my custody case. She helped me with some very difficult communication issues during my high conflict custody battle. Susan was very straight forward, knowledgeable and easy to talk to. I would highly recommend her as a parent coordinator and or attorney.
Posted by Bill | July 19, 2018
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Incredible divorce lawyer who is not just trying to get your money
Susan Goetcheus is a fantastic attorney. She represented me through several years of domestic litigation, including custody, while my ex went through three different attorneys. Susan is a smart and aggressive litigator and a shrewd negotiator. She is honest and straightforward. I can't believe she even said to me "We can do your suggestion or we can do this without you having to pay me a ton of money." She honestly always had my best interest in mind, even while doubling as a part time shrink when I was on the verge of doing something I shouldn't. She always kept me up to date on the progress of my case and she got great results for me. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Jerry | May 9, 2018
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Exceptional Family Attorney
Susan has represented me in custody and divorce proceedings consistently for over 8 years. Her representation has made an otherwise overwhelming and stressful situation manageable. I would recommend her to anyone who is in need of a family attorney.
Posted by Evan | April 30, 2018
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Outstanding help with my Family Law issue
I highly recommend Ms. Goetcheus. Susan has consistently delivered the best possible outcomes for our family given the complicated dynamics of family court and custody agreements. She has always been timely and thorough in her communication as well as accurate in her realistic assessments of our possibilities. Susan never overly-inflated my expectations or shied away from giving me sound counsel, and I have a successful joint custody to show for it. Her empathy for the frustrations that come with family law issues and her ability to keep the larger long-term goals at the forefront of our strategy have routinely given me confidence in my decision-making.
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Posted by Sam | April 18, 2018
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Very Supportive to a Scared Father
Ms. Goetcheus provided excellent care in returning my son to me. She handled both my custody situation and also divorce. In times that were very stressful for me (especially as a father), Ms. Goetcheus calmly kept things moving forward and kept me informed. I owe her a great personal debt. I just dropped my son off at his new school and the fact that I get to pick him up this afternoon and go to golf lessons is a feeling I never thought I would have again.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Education

  • North Carolina Central University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Associations

  • 10th Judicial District
  • 2006 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • 2006 - Present
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • 2006 - Present
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Family Law Section
  • 2005 - Present
  • Project Together
  • Volunteer
  • N/A
  • The Child’s Advocate
  • Volunteer
  • N/A
  • Campbell Law School Domestic Violence Clinic
  • Supervising Attorney
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Board Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2022
  • Board Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2021
  • Board Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2020
  • Board Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2019
  • Board Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
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Publications

  • NC Family Law Forum
  • Putative Fathers and the Children They Never Knew They Had
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (12)
Endorse Susan
Family Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this attorney. Susan is a smart, experienced compassionate attorney who cares about her clients and strives to achieve the best outcome for each client."
Family Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Susan is a strong advocate for her clients and remains professional despite the emotional aspects of family law litigation."
Family Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I've had several cases with Susan. She's a great negotiator and litigator."
Family Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Susan is an experienced and effective advocate. She understands the sensitive and complex dynamics of representing clients involved in domestic disputes and works hard to ensure she achieves the best results."
Family Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Susan is a zealous advocate for her clients. She is very knowledgeable about family law. She is also professional and I have enjoyed working with her on various family law matters."
Child custody Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Susan as a terrific family law attorney. Susan is skillful in the courtroom, knowledgeable and compassionate with her clients. She uses her clients' money carefully, and settles cases where appropriate. She generously gives back to her community by doing pro bono work. Susan is very well versed in the law and uses the law to advocate persuasively for her clients' positions. She appreciates that family law clients are in difficult situations when they meet with her. Through a combination of good listening skills, knowledge of the law, and empathy, Susan helps her clients navigate the stresses of family law litigation."
Child custody Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Susan is a zealous advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Friend
"Susan is one of the smartest, and most compassionate lawyers I know. Anyone hiring her is in great hands!"
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Raleigh Family Lawyer Susan L. Goetcheus
Susan L. Goetcheus
Family Attorney
Raleigh, NC
Licensed for 17 years