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Practice Areas

Professional Representation

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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Special Counsel

Hearing Officer - Conducting hearings for violations of Code of Student Conduct. Specificallyfocused on Title IX protection from the discrimination on the basis of sex. Under Title IX,discrimination on the basis of sex includes sexual harassment, rape, and sexual assault.


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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The Law Office of Mark Upright

1000 Aventine Drive
Unit 8
Arden, NC  28704

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