Heather Williams Forshey

Heather Williams Forshey: Attorney with Raleigh Divorce Law Firm

Biography

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.

In 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, she was named a Rising Star by North Carolina Super Lawyers, an honor given to no more than 2.5% of attorneys who practice family law in N.C.

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.

Board Certified Family Law Specialist{newline}DRC Certified Family Financial Mediator, Dispute Resolution Commission of NC, 2012{newline}Certified Parenting Coordinato

Areas of Practice (41)

  • Family Law
  • Alimony
  • Divorce
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Separation Agreements
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Visitation Rights
  • Adoption Law
  • Legal Separation Agreements
  • No Fault Divorce
  • Spousal Support
  • Uncontested Divorce
  • Adoptions
  • Child Advocacy
  • Community Property Law
  • Domestic Relations
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Mediation
  • Grandparents Custody
  • Grandparents Visitation Rights
  • Interstate Adoptions
  • Interstate Child Custody
  • Interstate Support
  • Legal Separation
  • Marital Agreements
  • Marital Property Distribution
  • Marital Property Law
  • Marital Property Settlements
  • Name Changes
  • Parental Rights
  • Parenting Time
  • Post Divorce Modification
  • Paternity
  • Post Nuptial Agreements
  • Premarital Agreements
  • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs)
  • Restraining Orders
  • Step Parent Adoptions
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Third Party Custody

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
919-256-3970  Phone
919-256-3971  Fax
www.raleighdivorcelawfirm.com
University Attended:
Elon University, B.A., Psychology, cum laude, All-American Scholar, National Dean's List, 2002
Law School Attended:
Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., Member, Moot Court Board, Law Review: Wake Forest Law Review, 2004-2006, 2006
Year of First admission:
2006
Admission:
2006, North Carolina
Memberships:
Wake County and North Carolina Bar Associations; North Carolina Advocates for Justice
ISLN:
919253917
Payment Information:
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Other
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available
  • Peer Reviews

    • 4.4/5.0 (20)
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    • Heather Williams Forshey

      4.8/5.0 by a Judge on 04/11/17 in Family Law on 04/11/17

      Excellent attorney, Always prepared and knowledgeable .

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      Excellent attorney, Always prepared and knowledgeable .

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    • Heather Williams Forshey

      4.6/5.0 by a Partner on 04/12/17 in Family Law on 04/12/17

      Heather is a fine attorney. I would refer clients to her in the area of family law.

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      Heather is a fine attorney. I would refer clients to her in the area of family law.

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    • Heather Williams Forshey

      5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 04/19/17 in Domestic Relations on 04/19/17

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      5.0/5.0 by a Principal on 04/17/17 in Family Law on 04/17/17

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      5.0/5.0 by a Senior Associate on 04/13/17 in Family Law on 04/13/17

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      5.0/5.0 by a Member on 04/12/17 in Family Law on 04/12/17

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      5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 04/11/17 in Family Law on 04/11/17

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    • Heather Williams Forshey

      5.0/5.0 by a Marketing Partner on 09/07/14 in Family Law on 09/07/14

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    • Heather Williams Forshey

      5.0/5.0 by a Senior Associate on 08/28/14 in Family Law on 08/28/14

      Heather is an exceptional lawyer with excellent technical skills and a wonderful demeanor to which clients respond. She is ethical and diligent, and every client I have...

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      Heather is an exceptional lawyer with excellent technical skills and a wonderful demeanor to which clients respond. She is ethical and diligent, and every client I have ever referred to her has been very pleased. I would not hesitate to recommend Heather to any potential client because she is trustworthy, skilled and caring toward her clients.

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    • Heather Williams Forshey

      5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 08/28/14 in Family Law on 08/28/14

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    Client Reviews

    • 4.0/5.0 (8)
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      5.0/5.0 on 04/16/14 on 04/16/14

      I had a high conflict case with an insurmountable number of issues. I came to RDLF from another firm. Heather & her team immediately tightened the reins on an out of cont...

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      I had a high conflict case with an insurmountable number of issues. I came to RDLF from another firm. Heather & her team immediately tightened the reins on an out of control case. She achieved more in 30 days than my previous counsel did in 7 months. She has a laser focus on her client’s best interests & is a true advocate on your behalf. She has a high level of competency, effectiveness, integrity and managed to obtain the favorable outcome in my case that I desperately sought. One of the best!

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    • Heather Williams Forshey

      5.0/5.0 on 02/02/13 on 02/02/13

      I highly recommend Heather Williams Forshey and her firm, the Raleigh Divorce Law Firm, to anyone who is in need of a divorce attorney. Heather Williams Forshey is an exp...

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      I highly recommend Heather Williams Forshey and her firm, the Raleigh Divorce Law Firm, to anyone who is in need of a divorce attorney. Heather Williams Forshey is an experienced divorce attorney and a fantastic person to work with. Her calm and very professional demeanor has made a very difficult time much easier to deal with. The high level of professionalism, legal services, and legal advice I have received from Heather and her firm has been excellent.

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    • Heather Williams Forshey

      5.0/5.0 on 01/21/13 on 01/21/13

      Heather took care of all my needs and fought for me every step of the way.

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      Heather took care of all my needs and fought for me every step of the way.

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      5.0/5.0 on 01/18/13 on 01/18/13

      Heather Williams Forshey is a brilliant attorney. She is thorough to the point that she predicts upcoming tactics of opposing parties. She is knowledgeable beyond that of...

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      Heather Williams Forshey is a brilliant attorney. She is thorough to the point that she predicts upcoming tactics of opposing parties. She is knowledgeable beyond that of the many attorneys I've seen her come up against. She has the ability to shake up the other side, only with her preparedness and knowledge of the law to rebut anything they throw her way. She is unbiased, open minded and always on the side of justice and fairness to all. Most importantly, she is honest. I highly recommend her.

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    • Heather Williams Forshey

      5.0/5.0 on 05/01/12 on 05/01/12

      Heather was an excellent attorney. She gave me very solid counsel and delivered on all that she promised. Her fees were reasonable and her expertise in the area of fami...

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      Heather was an excellent attorney. She gave me very solid counsel and delivered on all that she promised. Her fees were reasonable and her expertise in the area of family law was exceptional. I would highly recommend her.

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    • Heather Williams Forshey

      5.0/5.0 on 03/31/12 on 03/31/12

      Wonderful service, smart and understanding the law and people. I would always recommend her.

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      Wonderful service, smart and understanding the law and people. I would always recommend her.

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    • Heather Williams Forshey

      1.0/5.0 on 03/21/11 on 03/21/11

      Overall horrible experience.

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      Overall horrible experience.

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    • Heather Williams Forshey

      1.0/5.0 on 02/02/10 on 02/02/10

      I have repeatedly made my wishes know to this attorney only to have her disregard them. This attorney needs to learn how the employee/employer relationship works. She i...

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      I have repeatedly made my wishes know to this attorney only to have her disregard them. This attorney needs to learn how the employee/employer relationship works. She insists on a graduated schedule in order for me to get full visitations of my own daughter. I would not recommend this attorney to anyone looking for someone to fight for their rights. This attorney only knows how to rollover. She needs to grow a back bone.

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