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Heather W. Forshey - Raleigh, NC

8341 Bandford WaySuite 1 Raleigh, NC 27615

Updated: 01/12/2024

Raleigh Family Law Lawyer


Attorney Heather Williams Forshey has operated Raleigh Divorce Law Firm since May 2010. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Elon University and received her law degree from Wake Forest University. She has been a Board-Certified Family Law Specialist since 2013, and also holds certifications as a family financial mediator and a parenting coordinator.

She was recognized as a North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2014-2020 and since 2021 has been recognized as a Super Lawyer...

Attorney Heather Williams Forshey has operated Raleigh Divorce Law Firm since May 2010. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Elon University and received her law degree from Wake Forest University. She has been a Board-Certified Family Law Specialist since 2013, and also holds certifications as a family financial mediator and a parenting coordinator.

She was recognized as a North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2014-2020 and since 2021 has been recognized as a Super Lawyer. She also holds an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell, the highest level of peer rating for professional excellence for legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.

Heather 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 a variety of family law issues. Her firm only handles divorce, domestic issues, adoptions, appeals of family law issues, and related matters. She is an experienced litigator and has focused her family law practice on the area of child custody and modifications of child custody. She prides herself on tailoring her representation and advice to the unique needs of each case. While the majority of Heather's practice is in Wake County, Heather’s firm also handles cases in Durham, Orange, Franklin, and Harnett counties.

Heather has written manuscripts for and spoken frequently at continuing legal education courses on a variety of family law topics. Recent presentations include “Custody Evaluations: Understanding the Tools and Challenging the Report;” “Advanced Custody and Support Issues-Negotiating and Drafting Parenting Plans;” “Legal Ethics;” “Alienation and Abuse Allegations in Custody Proceedings;” and a national webcast “Parental Alienation and Abuse (Plus Relocation) in Divorce Litigation.”

Heather is also a gifted writer and has written pieces for Attorney at Law magazine on the Gabby Petito murder, the Depp-Heard trial, and the Murdaugh case.

Heather is passionate about the prevention of child abuse and family violence. She became a Guardian ad Litem in 2000 in Alamance County, and 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. She continued these efforts with a public interest grant to serve the GAL programs of Lee, Harnett and Johnston Counties during law school. In private practice, she handles some pro bono appellate work for the GAL program. Since 2018, Heather has served as a volunteer or Board Member for Friends of Wake GAL, a nonprofit that supports GAL volunteers and provides services such as private tutoring, orthodontics and summer camp funding to those in the child welfare system.

About Heather W. Forshey

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Owner

Practice Areas

  • 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


Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2006

Specialties and Certifications

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

Other Affiliations

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2006 - Present (Member)
  • Wake County Bar Association, 2006 - Present (Member)
  • Family Law Section of NC Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2006 - Present (Member)
  • Wake Women Attorneys, 2018 - Present

Classes and Seminars

  • Speaker for NBI on “Custody Evaluations: Understanding the Tools and Challenging the Report,” June 2023
  • Presenter for NBI national webcast “Parental Alienation and Abuse (Plus Relocation) in Divorce Litigation, April 2022
  • Presenter for the North Carolina State Bar’s program “Family Law Issues for Non-Family Law Attorneys,” April 2022
  • Speaker for NBI’s Advanced Custody and Support Issues on the topics “Alienation and Abuse Allegations in Custody Proceedings” and “Legal Ethics,” February 2022
  • Moderator for NBI’s “NC Family Court Judge’s Share Top Mistakes Attorneys Make” Seminar, 2021
  • Speaker for NBI’s Handling the Divorce Case from Start to Finish on the topic “Custody, Visitation and Handling Parental Alienation/Abuse,” February 2020
  • Speaker for NBI’s Advanced Custody and Support Issues on the topics “Negotiating and Drafting Parenting Plans” and “UCCJEA and Relocation Issues in Family Law,” December 13, 2019
  • Moderator for National Business Institute’s “As Judges See It: Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Family Court,” December 6, 2019
  • Speaker for NBI’s Family Law From A to Z: Successfully Resolve Your Clients' Family Law Issues, February, 2019
  • Moderator for National Business Institute’s “What Family Court Judges Want You to Know” Seminar, December 2018
  • Speaker for NBI December 2016 Family Law course: What Do You Do When?, on topics “When Child and Spousal Support Calculations Get Complicated” and “When Parental and Third-Party Rights are Disputed”
  • Program Chair of the First Annual Family Law Specialization Review CLE, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, September 2015
  • Speaker for “Practicing Family Law in the Triangle: What You Need to Know Now,” September 2014, North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Speaker on “Preparation and Use of Financial Affidavits,” September 2012, North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Speaker on “Preparing the Equitable Distribution of Inventory Affidavits and the Final Equitable Distribution Order,” 2009, Half Moon Seminars - Equitable Distribution Workshop

Pro Bono Activities

  • Guardian ad Litem Appellate Advocate
  • Board of Directors for the Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem Program
  • Volunteer for the Wake County In-Court Volunteer Mediation Program
  • Host Sponsor for the Light the Way GALA for the Friends of Wake County GAL Program, serving abused and neglected children in Wake County


  • Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston Salem, North Carolina, 2006
    Honors: Member, Moot Court Board 2004-2006
    Honors: 2004 Finalist in the George K. Walker Moot Court Competition
    Honors: Member of the Criminal Law Moot Court Team
    Honors: Editorial Staff Member of the Wake Forest Law Review 2005-2006
    Law Review: Wake Forest Law Review, 2004 - 2006
  • Elon University, Burlington, North Carolina, 2002
    Honors: cum laude
    Honors: All-American Scholar
    Honors: National Dean's List
    Major: Psychology


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Office Information


8341 Bandford WaySuite 1 Raleigh, NC 27615


  • 919-256-3971


Other Sources of Feedback About Heather W. Forshey

Included on the 2024 North Carolina list

Past Lists

  • 2023 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 North Carolina Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Heather W. Forshey on Super Lawyers


  • Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021- 2024
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2014 - 2020
  • AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale Hubbell

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By Dominick F. on Jun. 07, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars

My younger son struggles with mental health issues and is on the Autism spectrum. In 9th grade, he refused to attend school and failed his freshman year of high school. His mom and I had been divorced since he was 4 and live in separate states about 750 miles apart. The summer in between 9th and 10th grade, I was able to work out a plan with the school system in NC to allow him to take summer school remotely while he was spending his summer with me. He returned to NC as a sophomore, but again the school refusal surfaced. In the interim, I had reached out to Heather and her team at Raleigh Divorce Law Firm. Over the subsequent 8 months, they worked tirelessly on my behalf to obtain primary custody of my son. While his struggles continued, I remained in active contact with the school counselors, his doctors, Heather and her team, and of course, my son. Eventually, the case was resolved just prior to our scheduled court date and without any further action taken by the state. Fast-forward 2.5 years, and my son has just recently graduated high school on time. What seemed so unlikely when I began the custody transfer process became a reality. No one knows what the future will bring, but I can say that because of the quality of representation and the fierce devotion to advocating for my son that RDLF displayed, he has the opportunity to go to college and to build the life he wants for himself. I cannot thank Heather and her team enough. They literally helped work a miracle! Dominick F.

By Anonymous on Mar. 29, 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars

Heather and her experienced team were the abosolute best people to have in my corner during my extremely difficult and complicated divorce. Throughout this process I needed for things to be explained in detail and there were several times where I just needed to be calmed down. Heather and her team stepped up and talked me off of the ledge each and every time with nothing but care and kindness. Having a knowledgeable, experienced and down right "don't take no BS" team fighting FOR me is something that gave me peace, strength and a sense of calm/comfort. Having Heather and her team on my side and defending me is something that I'll never forget. Finding a lawyer for my divorce was one of the hardest decisions to make during a very emotional time. Deciding to have Heather represent me is something that I'll never regret and one of the best decisions that I made during this process. Her and her team always put what was best for me first and fought for me in each and every situation.


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By Anonymous on Jun. 19, 2019
Verified Client

5.0 out of 5 stars

Ms. Forshey is very knowledgeable and extremely dedicated to her client's best interests. It was great to have her advice and support to help me through the difficult process of my divorce. I believe that she was genuinely concerned about helping me get the best outcome possible. The staff at the firm is friendly and supportive while also very efficient and helpful with any needs or questions that may come up. Hiring Ms. Forshey was the best decision I made at the beginning of the divorce process!


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By Anonymous on Oct. 21, 2015
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If you find yourself in need of an exceptional lawyer who can deal with a high conflict divorce, custody, child support among other family law matters, then your search is over. I truly believe I was led to Heather and the Raleigh Divorce Law Firm team by divine intervention. My case is labeled as a very high conflict case and I do believe that is an understatement. When I walked through those doors at Raleigh Divorce Law Firm for the very first time, I was terrified. I had lost everything I believed in and now, the person I loved more than myself was trying to take my children and, what felt like, my last breath. Heather truly listened to me and treated me like someone who really mattered. In that moment, I only began to learn the magnitude of the expertise she possesses and immediately knew I wanted her to be the advocate for not only my interests but also those of, my most precious possessions, my children. Heather and her entire staff took on my case and have successfully fought with brilliant tenacity. I was not only blessed by Heather?s competency and proficiency, but Heather was an integral piece in my personal reformation. She brought light and strength to a shattered soul which has allowed me to be the light and strength that my children now need. The only regret I have is that I had not contacted Heather and her entire team at the onset of the separation. Don?t make my mistake; don?t wait set up your consultation right now.

By Anonymous on Sep. 15, 2015
Verified Client

Ms. Forshey is extremely professional, has a breadth of knowledge within her field, is approachable, and gives her clients the time they need to express concerns and discuss scenarios, issues, etc. I will always remember our first meeting...she listened! She allowed me to explain my situation, what I desired, and the reasons for my coming to her. With other consults I left without my questions answered and without a plan. I simply left with homework. Ms. Forshey discussed approaches after telling her what I was looking for; these options directly aligned with my desired approach. This continued throughout our working together and I was able to have a fairly peaceful divorce, which seems like a rarity in this day and age. I would recommend her highly for dissolution of marriage, assets, and child support/custody agreements.

By Anonymous on Nov. 04, 2014
Verified Client

I feel very fortunate to have been referred to Heather Forshey when I was surprised with a sudden need for an attorney to handle separation, child custody, and support. Mine was a very complicated and lengthy challenge and Heather, Lauren, Diane, Chaston, and Terri were always there for me. Heather, as well as everyone else in the practice, are not only professional and knowledgeable, but compassionate. I never once felt uncomfortable with the advice and legal support I received, and I never once felt alone during what was one of the hardest periods of my life. Emails and calls were promptly returned. Paperwork was forwarded in a timely manner. Every question, no matter how many or how often, was answered quickly and with warmth. Heather puts so much of herself into her work that I truly felt like I was her only client! And in the end, my kids and I came out of it all with the best one can hope for in such a heart-wrenching ordeal as this - a safe, stable, livable agreement I believe we would not have gotten if I'd chosen a different practice.

By Anonymous on Apr. 21, 2014
Verified Client

My case had a favorable outcome with Heather Forshey. I came to RDLF after having an awful experience with another attorney who was NOT advocating on my behalf. I was emotionally exhausted in the midst of an extremely high conflict custody case & had seen no movement in my case in 7-8 months. In our first meeting, Heather was succinct & took on my high conflict mess of a case only a couple of weeks before my next court date. She immediately began to tighten the reins on a case that had been completely out of control. While I was hoping for a better experience, her fierce nature as a client advocate was completely unexpected, considering my previous experience. It was the first time I felt like I actually had someone advocating for my children & I. Not only was she in the battle, but she was fighting with the same amount of passion and commitment I had for my children. I could go on forever with the countless times she and her staff completely turned around skewed situations in my favor (and there were MANY). I was not able to make any progress with financial matters of child support prior, but she was able to double the child support I'd been receiving. Heather accomplished more in the first 30 days of taking my case, then I'd seen in 8 months. Beyond her laser focus on the bottom line in the best interest of her clients, she was also able to provide prudent advice at a time when my emotions were running high. She kept a level head & provided much needed encouragement as I was going through the process. She deployed effective strategies to ensure my case was always in the best position possible. The other side conceded, literally within 24 hrs of court, but I attribute that to the fact that Heather is a force to be reckoned with & I don't think the opposing side wanted to face her in court. I received 99% of my demands via settlement & Heather exceeded every professional expectation. In the heat of battle, Heather is the one you want fighting on your behalf.

By Anonymous on Mar. 30, 2014
Verified Client

Ms Forshey and her team are exceptional. Ms. Forshey is very diligent with her work and she is always prompt with responding to any concerns. Her whole staff are very friendly and helpful, and they will out of their way to help accommodate your needs. I highly recommend this firm to anyone.

By Anonymous on Feb. 09, 2014
Verified Client

Ms. Forshey represented me in a custody case involving my child with special needs. Her genuine warmth and empathy helped put me at ease in the midst of a stressful situation, and in the courtroom she was a strong, sharp advocate for my child's best interest.

By Anonymous on Jan. 29, 2014
Verified Client

Heather Forshey helped me to get to a successful Separation Agreement. She is calm and moderate, but is fully knowledgeable and provides great advice. These matters can be stressful, and she was always a calming influence, especially in the heat of negotiations. Her team in Raleigh Divorce Law Firm are very helpful and provide clear communication on the costs of services. I had selected RDLF just by looking at attorneys web sites and am glad I made that choice. I strongly recommend Heather Forshey and Raleigh Divorce Law Firm.

By Anonymous on Mar. 19, 2013
Verified Client

I would like to thank Heather Williams and her staff at the Raleigh Divorce Law Firm for their tremendous efforts on my case. I was impressed with her knowledge, professionalism, passion and creative insights for her craft. I have used other lawyers in the past; however I have to say she is a winner. I was welcomed with very genuine personalities from all of the staff and everyone was very cordial. During the course of my ordeal they promptly returned phone calls and/or emails and gave me the best representation I have ever had. Thank You, Kenneth R. Thorpe

By Anonymous on Feb. 08, 2013
Verified Client

In the unfortunate situation of divorce, I highly recommend Heather Forshey as a strong family law attorney. She is not only very knowledgable about family law, she is also very concerned with your personal situation and is always available for questions and guidance. No one wants to go through the process of divorce, but having a strong advocate on your side makes the situation easier. Heather will always take the time to understand your case on a personal level and will act accordingly. Every member of her firm acts in this manner as well. I could not recommend Heather and her firm more.

By Anonymous on Feb. 02, 2013
Verified Client

I highly recommend Heather Williams Forshey and her firm, the Raleigh Divorce Law Firm, to anyone who is in need of a divorce attorney. Heather Williams Forshey is an experienced divorce attorney and a fantastic person to work with. Her calm and very professional demeanor has made a very difficult time much easier to deal with. The high level of professionalism, legal services, and legal advice I have received from Heather has been excellent. The same standard of professionalism conveyed by Heather is reflected in each and every person associated with the Raleigh Divorce Law Firm. I am very confident in my selection of the Raleigh Divorce Law Firm to represent me in my divorce and I highly recommend the Raleigh Divorce Law Firm to anyone who is seeking a divorce attorney.

By Anonymous on Feb. 01, 2013
Verified Client

Divorce,court, custody and child support are never easy on anyone however Heather and her professional staff at Raleigh Divorce Law Firm mad sure that I was not impacted by the stress that all of this carries. I believe their knowledge of the Law is what seperates them from other firms in the area! Heather and her staff worked on my case as if I was their only case, always making me feel comfortable with the process and making sure I had an understanding of what was taking place. I never felt as if I was just another body and all they wante to do was cash the check, they made me aware and in the process I became more knowledgable of family law. I always felt being a man I wouldn't receive a fair shake but my experience with Heather and her staff has changed my outlook and the result were way above what I expected.

By Anonymous on Aug. 23, 2021

5.0 out of 5 stars

Heather and her firm are simply fantastic! Heather maintained an incredibly high level of detail and precision throughout my case. She made me feel as if I were her only client; always compassionate. She worked hard to be as efficient as possible being mindful of my resources. Heather and her team were highly successful in the outcome of my case. I would highly recommend Heather and her firm!


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