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Arlaine Rockey

Child custody Attorney at Marshall, NC

4.6   11 reviews
Virtual consultation available
Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    North Carolina - NC 32 years
    Florida - FL 34 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 32 years
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1991
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1989
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1992
    Resigned No misconduct found

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

About Arlaine

Learn Arlaine’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    including issues of child physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, mental health, and substance abuse.

  2. Criminal defense

  3. Appeals

  4. Adoption

Arlaine Rockey is a national trial and appellate attorney, with over 30 years of experience, who practices family and criminal law.  She also handles appeals.  She represents clients, including protective parents, all over NC and FL, as well as in other states with local co-counsel, in complex child custody cases involving issues of child physical or sexual abuse, domestic violence and mental illness.  Her office is near Asheville, NC; however, she will do her two-hour consultations by phone.  Free criminal defense phone consultation (email to request). She reads up to 100 pages including your detailed history, court documents, and evidence, prior to your consultation, which allows her spend more time to discuss strategies with you. Ms. Rockey sets pre-paid flat fees for most cases, which frequently saves clients money. She will accept payment plans depending on the situatio. She cannot tell you the amount until she learns more about your case in the consultation. To see her resume, click on .  You can also read her free legal advice articles, Protecting Your Child from Sexual Abuse in Custody Cases, and Win Child Custody:  How to Help Your Lawyer Help You (includes How to Prepare for Your Consultatlon & How to Gather Evidence), on her website, which include practical advice for any custody case.



4.6 / 5.0
  11 customer reviews
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Posted by Natasha O. | September 23, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Hands down the BEST to protect your children.
I had the privilege of working with Arlaine Rockey as my attorney, and I cannot praise her enough for her outstanding support and dedication. Arlaine played a pivotal role in securing a restraining order against my abusive ex-husband and ensuring my children's safety. What truly sets Arlaine apart is her unwavering commitment to her clients, combined with her exceptional expertise in child sexual abuse cases. Given the harrowing history of sexual abuse perpetrated on my minor children, her specialized knowledge and experience in this area were absolutely crucial. With her expertise, Arlaine successfully fought for full sole custody of my son and daughter, a feat that seemed impossible at one point. She understood the gravity of the situation, especially with the history of both physical and sexual abuse, and she acted swiftly to protect my children from any harm. Unlike my previous attorney, who was ineffective in safeguarding my family's well-being, Arlaine Rockey demonstrated exceptional legal skills and genuine compassion, particularly in handling the delicate and distressing issues related to child sexual abuse. She made sure my children were no longer subjected to "therapeutic" visits with their bio father, who had caused them immeasurable pain and trauma. Thanks to Arlaine Rockey's dedication and her unparalleled expertise in child sexual abuse cases, my family and I can finally breathe easier, knowing that we are safe and protected. I wholeheartedly recommend Arlaine Rockey to anyone seeking a compassionate and skilled attorney who will go above and beyond to fight for justice and the safety of their loved ones, especially in cases involving a history of sexual abuse to minor children.
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Posted by Susan | August 4, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Attorney
I hired Arlaine back in 2016 because she came highly recommended for high conflict custody cases. I am so grateful that I found her because, in addition to being a wiz in navigating a very frustrating family law system, she had extensive knowledge in dealing with parental alienation. She powered through trials and hearings with expertise and confidence like none other. Her dedication to her ethical obligations paired with her honesty, fairness and understanding made me feel safe during a very scary and unsure time. After working with her in both a custody and equitable distribution case, I felt inspired to become a certified paralegal, which is my career today. I believe that Arlaine’s expertise and confidence in and out of the courtroom, along with fantastic results in my case was the catalyst for my decision to pursue my career in the legal field. Arlaine’s fierce dedication and determination to my case helped me to have the wonderful relationship that I have with my children today and I will be forever grateful to her for being the warrior attorney that she is.
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Posted by Daniel | August 4, 2023
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Great Lawyer, Great Experience
I have hired Arlaine multiple times and would recommend her to anyone, and have in fact recommended her to family that all had great experiences. She is extremely knowledgeable in family law and I would not hesitate to hire her again. I had an awesome experience, and truthfully have never had an attorney go so far out of her way to communicate and get back to me. 10 out of 10
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Posted by Matt | August 4, 2023
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Compassion when it counts
Arlaine represented me and my wife in the adoption of my children. Despite how difficult our case was, despite being told by every other attorney that it could not be done, Arlaine saw us and helped us fight to become a family!
Posted by Loretta | November 4, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Eloquent advocate with strong sense of justice
Arlaine Rockey was my attorney for an extremely difficult personal matter. This is one of the best attorneys I've ever seen practicing. She's whip-smart, she works her tail off, she really cares, and she is a brilliant writer. And all the other reviews I see here are consistent with that opinion, I'm not surprised.
Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
If you are in a difficult situation hire Arlaine. She is a fighter for justice. She knows the law and fights for the rights of her clients! Never stops working!
Posted by Travis | July 5, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
She’s an awesome lawyer!
ARLAINE has taken very good care of me and my case. She knows the law and how to handle every aspect of my case! I would recommend her to anyone that is going through custody, or cases that involve abuse or alleged abuse. She does a great job on both sides of cases whether you’re in need of defending or you’re the one who’s fighting for custody. I am glad that she’s my lawyer!
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Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2020
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The only attorney I trust.
I hired Ms. Rockey in December 2004. Arlaine has handled child custody issues for me, a separation agreement and a divorce for me. Currently she has helped on an immigration issue. I trust Ms. Rockey’s expertise, attention and detail in everything. She did an incredible job for me in each case I needed her.
Posted by Susan | July 2, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Incredibly knowledgeable, ethical and compassionate
Hiring Arlaine was the best decision I made for my custody case. She is a brilliant attorney, extremely ethical, very compassionate and a powerhouse in the courtroom. I have worked with her for close to 4 years and I trust her immensely. Custody cases can be very emotional and draining on people, and to have Arlaine on my side of the courtroom helped me stay strong and confident throughout the entire case. Arlaine knows the law and will fight for what is right in and out of the courtroom. She has always been very accessible and informative. She even inspired me to go back to school to get my paralegal certification. She is that great of an attorney!!!
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Posted by Christine | February 1, 2012
Smart and FIGHTS HARD!!
We hired Arlaine Rockey for a complicated custody matter! She is very professional! She KNOWS THE LAW!! Even though she had other clients to attend to, we never felt like she was ever too busy to talk to us. We learned so much from her. She is definitely a fighter and fights for justice! She is also VERY ETHICAL...which we found refreshing since the other side was breaking the law! I personally loved when she would get just as mad as me over our crazy case!
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Posted by Loretta | February 18, 2024
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Complaining to the NC bar and taking other action
This attorney charged me a $45,000 flat fee to represent me in a custody/child support case. She never filed anything pursuing child support and didn’t do what she said was going to do. I finally fired her after four months because she hadn’t even filed a discovery request on the other side. After I fired her, she refused to refund even one penny. My family is devastated. I’m a single mother of four. I will be complaining and pursuing a refund. Excessive fee and did not do what she promised. Then when I asked for refund, told me she spent $45,000 in four months of representation. She only represented me at one hearing. I’m taking this to the authorities.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-350 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 7.2 (Very Good)


  • University of Miami School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984

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Child custody Attorney | Oct 13
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Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
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"I endorse Arlaine. She is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
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