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Edward O'Neal

Phone: (252) 338-4151
Fax: (252) 338-8546

Edward O'Neal has been practicing law in North Carolina since 1986 and focuses his practice on litigating domestic law cases. Edward is a former board member for Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc. and Friends of Museum of the Albemarle. He is a former Hyde County Commissioner and former member of the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission and served on the Atlantic State's Marine Fisheries Commission.

In addition to the state of North Carolina, Edward is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, eastern District of North Carolina and the U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit.

Key focus areas within Edward's practice include:

  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Paternity
  • Spousal Support
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Certified Family Financial Mediator
  • Certified Superior Court Mediator

Domestic Law encompasses many different aspects of how families function or fail to function. Domestic Law may include Pre-Nuptial Agreements, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Alimony, Property Division, etc. Marriage and divorce are among the most serious and significant decisions we make in our lives. Marriage and divorce impact both your personal happiness and future. Society also has an interests in your marital status and therefore has created laws to protect your interest when married or when you are seeking a divorce.

Laws impacting families and divorce are very complex. Before discussing divorce with your spouse you should consult an attorney. Things you say and actions you take prior to the divorce can impact the outcome of the divorce settlement, your children, and the property to which you believe you are entitled to share. When it comes to Domestic Law cases, an experienced and effective Domestic Law attorney can mean the difference between a positive or negative outcome. Edward O'Neal is dedicated to representing his clients and ensuring their rights, their children, and their property are protected as prescribed by law.

Mediation has been available in North Carolina as an alternative dispute resolution since 1997. Mediation is an informal proceeding in which the parties and a mediator, who is a trained neutral, meet to discuss the issues in dispute and consider options for resolving them.  A successful mediation allows the parties to avoid the time and stress involved in lengthy litigation and assures that the parties will reach an outcome in their case that is mutually acceptable.  Mediation often allows the parties to change their relationship from that of adversaries to parties who become united in reaching a resolution to their problems. This is especially critical in child custody cases when parties concentrate on the best interests of the children as opposed to maintaining an adversarial posture.  Mr. O’Neal is available to conduct both court-ordered mediations and mediations that are conducted with the consent of the parties.  


  • East Carolina University (B.A., 1983)
  • Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law (J.D., 1986)

Practice Areas

  • Domestic Law
  • Civil Litigation and Appeals
  • Certified Mediator/Certified Financial Mediator


  • North Carolina State Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit


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