Heather W. Forshey

Heather W. Forshey

Heather W. Forshey

Raleigh, North Carolina

Attorney Heather Williams Forshey opened Raleigh Divorce Law Firm in May 2010.  She is a Board Certified Family Law Specialist, is certified as a family financial mediator by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission, and is also a Certified Parenting Coordinator.

In 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, she was named a Rising Star by North Carolina Super Lawyers, an honor given to no more than 2.5% of attorneys who practice family law in N.C.

She has exclusively practiced North Carolina family law since 2006.  In that time, she has earned a reputation for providing knowledgeable, highly skilled legal counsel to clients contemplating divorce or struggling with family law issues such as custody.  Her firm only handles divorce, domestic issues, adoptions, appeals of family law issues, and related matters.  Domestic issues include child custody, child support, post separation support, alimony, property settlements (equitable distribution), domestic violence, and negotiation and preparation of separation agreements. She is an experienced litigator and has focused her family law practice on the area of child custody and modifications of child custody.  

Heather has been a speaker at continuing legal education courses on topics including equitable distribution, child custody, parental alienation, and child support.  While the majority of Heather’s practice focuses on cases in the Raleigh area, Heather has also handled cases in Smithfield, Lillington, Sanford, Chapel Hill, Durham, Fayetteville, and surrounding areas.

Heather went to law school at Wake Forest University, where she was on Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board.  Heather was a finalist in the law school’s Moot Court oral argument competition during her first year and continued to compete successfully in oral argument competitions during the rest of her law school career. 

Heather has been involved in pro bono efforts with the Guardian ad Litem program serving abused and neglected children since 2001, first as a GAL volunteer advocate for children in court proceedings, and currently as an attorney appellate advocate in assigned cases.  She has also been involved in pro bono efforts to assist victims of domestic violence throughout her legal career.  She worked in family services for the Head Start program before attending law school, where she developed a passion for helping families in crisis that has continued to this day.

Heather is an extremely experienced family law attorney who will pay attention to the unique details of every case and fight aggressively for a client’s rights when needed.  She is someone you would want on your side when going through a divorce or a stressful family situation.  

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Child Support and Children's Rights
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Divorce
  • Mediation
  • Adoption
  • Alimony and Spousal Support
  • Domestic Violence & Neglect
  • Paternity
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • State Appellate Practice
  • Equitable Distribution
  • High Asset Divorce

Certified Legal Specialties

  • NC State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Family Law
  • DRC-Certified Family Financial Mediator, Dispute Resolution Commission of NC, 2012
  • Certified Parenting Coordinator

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2006


  • Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston Salem, North Carolina
    • J.D. - 2006
    • Honors: Member, Moot Court Board
    • Law Review: Wake Forest Law Review, 2004 - 2006
  • Elon University, Burlington, North Carolina
    • B.A. cum laude - 2002
    • Honors: All-American Scholar
    • Honors: National Dean's List
    • Major: Psychology


  • Family Law From A to Z: Successfully Resolve Your Clients' Family Law Issues, February 1, 2019
  • Practicing Family Law in the Triangle: What You Need to Know Now, September 25, 2014, North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Preparation and Use of Financial Affidavits, September 2012, North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Preparing the Equitable Distribution of Inventory Affidavits and the Final Equitable Distribution Order, 2009, Half Moon Seminars - "Equitable Distribution Workshop"

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member, 2006 - Present
  • Wake County Bar Association, Member, 2006 - Present
  • Family Law Section of NC Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member, 2006 - Present
  • NC Advocates for Justice, Communications Committee Chair on the Executive Board of the Family Law Section, 2007 - 2009

Past Employment Positions

  • Hilbert Law Firm, Associate, 2009 - 2010
  • Crawford & Crawford, LLP, Associate, 2007 - 2009
  • Herring Mills & Kratt, PLLC, Associate, 2006 - 2007
  • Head Start, Family Service Worker, 2002 - 2003

Pro Bono Activities

  • Project Together, 2006 - 2010
  • Guardian ad Litem Appellate Advocate, 2011 - Present


  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Sigma Kappa