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Family Law

Mark Upright helps clients who want to avoid prolonged conflict, and create solutions for moving forward in a manner that is private and respectful of each other and their children. He is accomplished in the areas of litigation and negotiation, where he is able to utilize problem-solving skills for the benefit of clients.

Areas of Practice

  • Divorce

  • Child support

  • Custody and parenting plans

  • Division of property

  • Paternity issues

  • Pre/post marital property agreements

  • Same sex relationships


Parent Coordinator

Mark Upright has been a Parent Coordinator for the last 8 years.  A Parenting Coordinator assist parents establish and maintain a healthy co-parenting, or parallel parenting relationships by reducing parental conflict and the risk factors that influence a child’s post-divorce adjustment. The overall emphasis is to offer children the opportunity to grow in a home environment free from the devastating stress of being caught in the middle of parental conflict.

Parenting Coordination can often save families thousands of dollars in litigation costs and provide effective and timely solutions for families.   



Mark Upright represents adopting parents in private, agency, international, domestic placements and same sex adoptions.

If you have retained an agency to help you with the adoption of a child, you may believe that you do not need legal counsel. Though the agency can streamline the process of finding a child and will help you complete the home study, you still need legal counsel to protect your interests.  With over 25 years in the field of Child Welfare, Foster Care and Adoption Services, Mark Upright will be with you through the process. Ensuring your interest are secure and your dreams for your family are realized.

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Non-Profit Business Consulting

Mark Upright has over 25 years of experience in the management of Non-Profit Organizations.  He has held the roles of the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, In-House Counsel and Chief Executive Officer of some of the most innovative Non-Profits on the east coast.

Expertise in areas of:

* Formation of 501(c)(3)

* Articles of Incorporation and ByLaws

* Tax Issues and Compliance

* Contracts

* Mergers and Acquisitions

* Operational Issues

* Risk Management

* Human Resources

* Banking

* Insurance Disputes

* Cost Allocations

* Establishing Mission and Core Values

* Built to Last Training

The missions of our clients vary widely: education, social justice, health, environment, arts, religion, international poverty relief, social services, children, animal welfare, scientific research and disaster relief. 

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Collaborative Divorce and Child Custody Services

Divorce proceedings in court can be time consuming, expensive, and emotionally draining. Using the tools of the court is more muscle than some people want when restructuring their family. Often people turn to mediation. The only problem is that settlement must be reached without the help of a lawyer and one party can often be left feeling taken advantage of if they are dissatisfied with the outcome. Is there a better alternative? The answer is yes. It is the newest option in family law-- collaborative divorce.

Collaborative divorce is an option of couples who feel they can work out their divorce settlement themselves but still want legal protection. Although not right for everyone, collaborative divorce strives to bring about settlement in a manner that addresses the needs of both parties. In many ways, collaborative divorce allows the parties to end the marriage but retain a functional relationship.

Lawyers retained for a collaborative divorce process are specifically trained to reach "win-win" settlements instead of "win-lose." Collaborative divorce attorneys must be skilled in guiding negotiations and managing conflict. In fact, if a lawyer finds out their client has withheld or misrepresented information, the lawyer is required to inform the other party and withdraw from the process. Collaborative attorneys are meant to be client advocates. They advocate not only for their client but for what is fair and just.

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Trusted Representation

Sara P.

Mark was incredibly patient and open to helping out all parents in a particular challenging situation that involved several households and children from different mothers. His ability to quickly understand the conflict from the children's point of view was especially helpful. Mark was keen to understand each parents point of view, struggles to communicate, and overall steps that could be taken to ease conflict between the parties. His decisions always put the best interest of the children first and when our case came to trial, the court commended him for his remediation measures and utilized many of them as part of a new court order. I never felt rushed, always felt heard, and am so greatful for having Mark as our advocate.

Lindsey Bryson

Mark did such a good job helping my husband. He is very hands on always available to talk to and friendly. He knows what he is talking about and great advice!

Aaron Hill

Mark is an excellent attorney!I have used Mark several times and I refer anyone needing legal services to him ! Mark is honest , a great listener ,very reliable and provides high quality legal services to his clients !

Lauren Maciel

Mark was sincere and helpful during a very rough time in my life. I had a nasty custody battle for a year with court being prolonged several times thanks to covid and other matters, despite that and the heartache I went through Mark always gave me confidence and did so with honesty and sincerity. I definitely recommend him. He helped me fight and get what I asked for and deserved. He is not all about the money like some attorneys, he cares more about you and your case then your money. I appreciate and respect the way he practices law.
Thank you Mark!

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Shaun Pfeiffer

Questions always answered with great legal advice. Was kind and caring person who kept everything professional. Great negotiator, great listener, had alot of experience with law and civil cases. Was a great parent mediator and got me and my wife through tough times. Phone calls were always returned and text messages were always answered. Great peace maker negotiator with helping with parenting plans. Great at preparing and drafting proposed orders. Always on your side through tough times. Great experience and law firm. I recommend Mark Upright.

Melissa Raines

He has a positive attitude and takes times to listen to all comments and concerns. I would strongly recommend mark to anyone dealing with a family court issue.

Pam Marksberry

I so Recommend Attorney Mark Upright! I had a dark cloud hanging Over me since my Ex-husband left... The Divorce.. and no payment from Him for almost 10 years on a House we bought together. I did not know North Carolina laws on division of Property. I thought since He'd made no payments in all those years... And I could not afford an Attorney to Address this... If something happened to me ... Our Daughter would inherit my half of the house and property...Not True!!!! North Carolina has a ' Tenants in Common Law' . That means if Your Property is not divided at the time of Your Divorce by a JUDGE! You could lose everything should something happens and Your Child/ Children .. You're x spouse can swoop in... Take and sell Everything! Lots of Parents like me .. Want to Keep their house and the home their kid / kids going to same school.. Etc ... It took me being served with paperwork by my ex from a Lawyer His mom paid that made me have to reach out... That's when I found Attorney Mark Upright!! He's the best!!! He's has Very reasonable Fees Compassion and I was able to keep My house in my name to leave to my Daughter. I have so Much Piece of of Mind! If You need this kind of Help.. You will to. ☺️

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Sal Lopez

His one of the best lawyers very nice and he help me a lot we need more people like mark that love to help out people , again mark thank you!

Joshua Fisher

I retained Mr. Upright for a family law matter. Mr. Upright was very professional and guided me the entire way and advised me every step. With all odds against me Mr. Upright prevailed on the court date and we got the outcome needed. I would highly recommend him.

Anita Whitmire

Mark Upright is a man after God's own heart. The compassion he shows for the care of children is phenomenal. He succeeds in having both parents raise their children even if they can't stay together in their marriage. I highly recommend him to anyone going through the pangs of separation and divorce.

Lollie Sexton

Although we give God all the glory, honor and praise for our victory, we must say that Mark was an instrument used by God. He advocated for the side of truth and decency and fought to protect our girl from further harm. Mark met with us on weekends and evenings, when he was not in the office. He is very knowledgeable about his profession. The miracle of this victory was made possible through him. Thank you, Mark. You were awesome!!!!

Nicholas Taylor

Mark is a great attorney. I would recommend him. And please remember that court cases take time. If you want good representation ( like mark offers) then it's not going to be over in the snap of a finger

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1000 Aventine Drive
Unit 8
Arden, NC  28704

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