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We work diligently on your Family Law cases to swiftly achieve your goals within the legal system, emphasizing support and self-care during this emotional journey.

Compassionate Family Lawyer in North Carolina

Serving Families Throughout Cabarrus & Stanly County 

At The Law Offices of Annette R. Heim, P.A., we bring experienced and committed legal representation to clients facing divorce and family law disputes. When you choose to work with us, we pledge to actively listen and work hard to help you and your loved ones resolve whatever family dispute you’re facing as quickly and effectively as possible, allowing you to move on to the next new and exciting chapter in life.

Our strategic team takes adequate time to examine the unique details of your case, review your options for legal recourse, and guide your steps in family court with wisdom and transparency throughout the family court proceedings. Since 2003, Attorney Annette R. Heim has forged a longstanding reputation as an experienced litigator and compassionate advocate for couples and families. Our firm is well-versed in the complexities of North Carolina family law, empowering us to serve our clients to the best of our ability by providing reliable counsel and effective representation.

Call (704) 912-0353 to discuss your case with our seasoned family lawyer and take the first step toward a happier, healthier future.


  • Annette and her staff helped me when I needed it most. They listened to me, formulated a simple plan, accomplished it and got me even more than I had hoped for.
    - Pete H.
  • Annette has represented us for over 12 yrs. She has a quality of class that you can't find in lawyers today. It's not about the money it's about the people she represents.
    - Gene G.
  • During these situations, passions can run high. The best thing to do is to keep your head in the game and focus on the best interests of the child/children. Annette is the one that will help you stay focused on the facts, the case, and your goal.
    - Kelly F.
  • Annette Heim came in my life exactly when I needed her. She helped me through the most challenging times of my life.
    - Daisy T.

    Skilled Domestic Violence Lawyer in Concord 

    Domestic violence, also known as domestic abuse, is a very serious issue for families. In many cases, domestic violence can result in severe injury and even death for you and your loved ones. Domestic violence can take various forms that can be difficult to detect, including (but not limited to):

    • Physical Abuse
    • Financial Abuse 
    • Emotional Abuse 
    • Verbal Abuse
    • Harassment
    • Stalking

    Domestic violence offenses are taken seriously in North Carolina, and the state has specific laws in place to protect individuals and families from abusive behavior. Understanding these laws is crucial for families dealing with domestic violence cases in family courts. 

    Under § 50B-1 of the North Carolina General Statutes, domestic violence is defined as the commission of one or more of the following acts by a person against a current or former intimate partner or family member:

    • Stalking
    • Sexual assault
    • Financial abuse
    • Physical assault
    • Emotional abuse
    • Threatening behavior

    Reliable Advocacy for Child Custody Disputes

    When it comes to child custody cases, our experienced attorney can provide the sound legal guidance and support you need. We understand that child custody matters aren’t just legally complex; they’re often emotionally challenging, which is why we’re committed to helping you and your loved ones resolve child custody disputes as soon as possible—all while keeping your child’s best interests at heart.

    Guiding You Through Life’s Toughest Seasons

    Attorney Annette R. Heim understands the heavy emotional and financial toll that divorce and other family law disputes can inflict on you and your loved ones, which is why our firm is committed to guiding your family through whatever family matter you’re facing with honesty, wisdom, and integrity. When preparing for family court, it’s critical to find an attorney who understands the personal and legal difficulties you’re facing. 

    Our accomplished firm recognizes that each family case is unique to the people and circumstances involved, which is why we’re here to provide effective legal strategies tailored to your specific goals. We can provide the personalized attention you deserve throughout the duration of your case while equipping you with empathetic, knowledgeable, and compassionate advocacy from start to finish.

    From divorce to child custody cases, it’s imperative to secure experienced representation. 

    • Honesty, Wisdom, and Integrity
      At our firm, we uphold the highest standards of honesty, wisdom, and integrity. We understand the importance of trust in attorney-client relationships, especially in sensitive family matters. Attorney Annette R. Heim is dedicated to providing transparent and honest communication, guiding you with wisdom gained through experience, and upholding the integrity of the legal profession. You can rely on us to handle your case with professionalism, honesty, and a steadfast commitment to your best interests.
    • Compassionate Advocacy from Start to Finish
      Attorney Annette R. Heim and her team offer more than just legal representation; we provide unwavering support and compassionate advocacy throughout the entire legal process. With us by your side, you can expect dedicated and knowledgeable assistance from the initial consultation to the resolution of your case. We are here to stand up for you and your family's rights, ensuring that your voice is heard in the courtroom.
    • Tailored Legal Strategies for Your Unique Situation
      We recognize that every family case is distinct, shaped by its unique individuals and circumstances. Our firm is committed to developing customized legal strategies tailored to your specific goals and challenges. By understanding your unique situation, we can provide effective and personalized legal solutions to protect your rights and the well-being of your loved ones.
    • Empathetic Guidance in Difficult Times
      Attorney Annette R. Heim and her firm understand the emotional and financial challenges that accompany family law disputes. We are dedicated to providing compassionate and empathetic guidance, helping you navigate through the complexities of divorce, custody battles, and domestic violence cases.

    Impacts of Domestic Violence on Family Law Disputes

    Domestic violence can have significant implications within the context of family courts, often impacting:

    • Divorce  – Domestic violence can be a factor considered by family courts when determining divorce or separation proceedings. It may influence issues like child custody, visitation, and property division.
    • Child custody – In cases involving domestic violence, family courts prioritize the safety and well-being of children. The court may modify custody arrangements or restrict visitation rights to protect the child from potential harm.
    • Child support and spousal support – Domestic violence can impact court-ordered payments like child support and spousal support (alimony) in familial disputes.
    • Property division – Domestic violence inevitably influences property division during a divorce, as the offending party may walk away with less while the victimized party receives a greater share of assets. Courts can consider the financial losses suffered by domestic violence survivors and award compensation accordingly.
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    Trusted Representation for Your NC Divorce 

    At The Law Offices of Annette R. Heim, P.A., we believe in:

    • Finding the best fit for families and couples in need of representation – Our firm understands that every case is unique and not every consultation should result in a new client. Our compassionate team is committed to providing wise and honest counsel to North Carolina families to help establish the best fit for their legal and personal needs, no matter what. 
    • Establishing the most appropriate path forward for each client – With decades of legal experience under our belt, our legal team understands that there is no one-size-fits all in family law, which is why we’re committed to helping families and couples determine the best fit for their needs, whether that entails in-court litigation or quieter out-of-court settlements. 
    • Empowering our clients to pursue happier, healthier lives – While family law matters can be complex, stressful, and emotional, our firm finds it both joyous and fulfilling to help families resolve their issues, turn the page, and start the new chapter they deserve to heal and move on. 

    Our Concord family lawyer is here to prioritize your family’s unique goals during this challenging life season, taking your preferences into account to resolve whatever family matter you’re facing as smoothly and efficiently as possible—all while keeping conflict to a minimum. 

    Types of Child Custody in North Carolina

    There are two primary types of child custody in North Carolina, including: 

    1. Physical Custody: Physical custody refers to where the child will reside primarily. It determines which parent or guardian will have physical possession and responsibility for the day-to-day care of the child. Physical custody can be sole (when one parent has primary physical custody) or joint (when the child spends substantial time with both parents).
    2. Legal Custody: Legal custody involves the right and responsibility to make important decisions regarding the child's welfare, such as education, healthcare, and religious upbringing. Depending on the circumstances, legal custody can also be granted as either sole or joint.
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