Practice Areas

Practice Areas IMGBarefoot Family Law handles all areas of family law. Meaningful answers to questions about divorce, its financial impact and the impact upon your children require the assistance of an experienced attorney who understands the law and has the judgment to properly apply the law to the unique facts of your family’s specific situation. We are responsive to your calls and we listen so that we can understand who you are and the details that make your situation unique, which enables us to develop the best solution for you and your family.

Divorce is challenging and often difficult. Our initial goal for the people that choose Barefoot Family Law is to help them understand their rights and obligations by providing objective advice based on over 25 years in combined experience that our attorneys have in practicing family law. Both Caldwell and Mariana are North Carolina Board Certified Specialists in Family Law. In our years of practice, Caldwell and Mariana have litigated challenging high-conflict cases involving high-income families with substantial marital estates and they have handled cases where the parties are amicable and desire to work together towards a fair and efficient resolution – and cases of most every kind in between. Every family and individual we represent is important to us. Regardless of your particular circumstances or the practice area for which you are seeking assistance, we treat everyone with concern and respect and will be an effective advocate both in and out of the courtroom, making every effort to obtain a result that meets the goals we have agreed upon.

In addition to handling mediations on behalf of his own clients, Caldwell also serves regularly as a mediator for other attorneys and their clients and has handled in excess of 150 mediations in his role as a mediator.

Our website is not designed to comprehensively address the many questions that people have when they are considering whether they should seek a divorce, but it is designed to help introduce you to Barefoot Family Law and assist you in making one of the most important decisions that you will make in this process: choosing the right lawyer to help you through what can be one of the most difficult times in a person’s life. Our practice areas are:

Our practice areas are:

arrow Divorce
arrow Child Custody
arrow Child Support
arrow Alimony and Postseparation Support
arrow Equitable Distribution (division of property)
arrow Mediation, Arbitration and Litigation
arrow Separation Agreements
arrow Pre-marital and Post-marital Agreements
arrow Domestic Violence and Civil No-Contact Orders
arrow Alienation of Affections and Criminal Conversation
arrow Custody for Grandparents and others with interests in Child Custody

Cases upon which Caldwell has worked and which resulted in published opinions in the North Carolina Court of Appeals are: Brind'Amour v. Brind'Amour, 674 S.E.2d 448 (N.C.App. 2009); and Heatzig v. MacLean, 664 S.E.2d 347 (N.C.App. 2008)

Links for Selected North Carolina General Statutes:


Chapter 50 - Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Alimony, Postseparation support and Equitable Distribution
Chapter 50B - Domestic Violence
Chapter 52B - Premarital Agreements

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Recent News

02.01.2015
– Caldwell Barefoot has been named to the North Carolina Top 100 for 2015 by Super Lawyers... read more

01.01.2015
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11.01.2014
Mariana Russell successfully completed the rigorous exam required to become a North Carolina Board Certified Family Law Specialist....read more