Family Law & Divorce

Law Offices of Mark E. Sullivan, P.A. is a family law & divorce firm located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Mark Sullivan is a retired Army Reserve JAG colonel and a North Carolina State Bar Board-Certified Specialist in Family Law since 1989.  He has limited his trial practice to family law since 1981, and is the author of The Military Divorce Handbook, (ABA, 3rd Ed. 2019).  Kris Hilscher is a North Carolina State Bar Board-Certified Specialist in Family Law, a certified parenting coordinator and has limited his practice to family law in Raleigh since 2012.  In addition to child custody, equitable distribution and other divorce matters, he handles military divorce and pension division matters in the firm.  Vanessa Puhak is a former Army officer and former military spouse.  She was admitted to practice in North Carolina in 2017.  She has focused her legal career in the area of family law including cases involving victims of domestic violence and international child abduction.  Shannon Gurwitch is a proud Army brat, wife, and mother, as well as a former member of the United States Army.  She was admitted to practice in North Carolina in 2019.  After clerking at the North Carolina Court of Appeals and practicing in a variety of legal areas, she chose to narrow her practice to domestic law so that she could focus on assisting individuals and families to navigate the many challenges associated with divorce, equitable distribution, child custody, child support, and related family law matters.

Our attorneys provide legal services to clients in the areas of:

  • Divorce

  • Separation Agreements

  • Custody and Visitation

  • Child Support

  • Military Divorce

  • Alimony

  • Property Division

  • Arbitration

  • Equitable Distribution

  • Military Pension Division

The firm's attorneys also handle international family law disputes, domestic violence cases, wills and powers of attorney, and they advise on other family law matters.

Quite often the domestic case is the first time that a person will ever come to an attorney. This occasion may be marked by confusion, anger, frustration and many questions. It is important to find out facts as well at the earliest possible stage. We want you to know what your rights are and what alternatives you may have.

Thank you for visiting our website for help concerning family law. It is our aim to give you important facts and information which may help you. This website is for your information and education only and is not to be construed as legal advice between attorney and client. You should consult with an attorney personally for specific advice and questions about your case.

Mark E. Sullivan, Kristopher J. Hilscher, and Vanessa N. Puhak are licensed to practice only in the State of North Carolina. The materials included on this website are not intended as legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is formed by the use of the information from our site or the links from our site to other servers