Family Law & Divorce

Sullivan & Hilscher Family Law 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 regularly serves as an expert co-counsel on military divorce cases and military pension division assisting attorneys nationwide in drafting military pension division orders and consulting on military divorce issues.  Vanessa Puhak is a senior associate attorney and was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar in 2017.  She is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. She is a member of the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association as well as the 10th Judicial District and Wake County Bar Associations.  Prior to attending law school, she served our country as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army.  She completed a humanitarian mission in Haiti and a combat deployment in Afghanistan.  Sarah Gerow is an associate attorney at Sullivan & Hilscher Family Law. She received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her B.A. from George Washington University.  She was admitted to practice in North Carolina in 2019.  Sarah's experience as a military spouse inspires her to advocate for servicemembers and their spouses.  She works with attorneys nationwide to assist with drafting military pension division orders and other military family law issues.  Sarah also handles family law matters such as separation agreements, child custody, equitable distribution and other divorce matters in North Carolina.

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