Attorneys for Family Law
Charles Montgomery is a N.C. Board Certified Specialist in Family Law. His practice emphasizes equitable distribution of property, child custody, child support, alimony and divorce. Besides more than thirty-five years' experience as a family law attorney, he has extensive experience in commercial real property and business litigation. He received his law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1974 and his undergraduate degree with honors from Duke University in 1971. He is admitted to practice in state and federal courts and before the U.S. Supreme Court. He also is certified as a Superior Court mediator by the N. C. Administrative Office of the Courts. Charles is listed in Marquis' "Who's Who in America" and "Who’s Who in American Law." In 2009, he was named a “North Carolina Super Lawyer.”
Charles has extensive experience representing clients in interstate and international child custody and support litigation. These cases involve complex applications of the Uniform Child-Custody Jurisdiction & Enforcement Act and the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.
Charles' professional career includes broad appellate experience before the North Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. One of these cases involved complex issues of personal jurisdiction in an alimony and child support case between parties living in North Carolina and Florida. See, Boyles v. Boyles, 297 S.E.2d 405, 59 N.C. App. 389 (App.Ct. 1982); affirmed, 302 S.E.2d 790, 308 N.C. 488 (S.Ct. 1983). A more recent case involved complex alimony issues. See, Francis v. Francis, 169 N.C. App. 442 (App. Ct. 2005).
Charles was a partner for ten years in the former Raleigh, N.C. & Washington, D.C. firm of Sanford, Adams, McCullough & Beard headed by former U.S. Senator, Governor, & President of Duke University, Terry Sanford. He served a total of nine years as a member of the Cary Town Council and the Wake County Board of Commissioners. He is active in alumni affairs at Duke University where he served as President of the Reunion Class of 1971.
Charles' professional activities include participation in the Family Law Sections of the ABA, NC Bar Association, and Wake County Bar Association. He is past Chair of the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. He also served two terms on the Family Law Council of the NC Bar Association's Family Law Section and currently serves as chair of the Legislative and Pro Bono Committees of the Family Law Section. He is a frequent speaker on family law topics.
Charles is involved in several civic and charitable activities in his community, including serving on the board of the State Capitol Foundation and as a local board member of Branch Banking & Trust Co., one of the largest banks in the U.S.