Krispen Culbertson

Krispen Culbertson

Culbertson and Associates
  • Family Law, Divorce, Domestic Violence...
  • North Carolina
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Mr. Culbertson has more than 20+ years of legal experience and is a widely recognized Federal and State court litigator.

In the past year, Mr. Culbertson has been in both National and State news (see his website for links to newspaper articles ( He is also one of the elite percentage of attorneys that has a case reported in Federal Law Reports — the large law books that contain the controlling case law of the United States. He has handled dozens of Federal criminal and white-collar crimes, in addition to important Federal and State civil cases. Mr. Culbertson practices appellate law on both Federal and State levels, and is a member of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia. He was educated in law at Wake Forest University in North Carolina and at Oxford University in England. Krispen Culbertson has handled over 3,000 cases in the Federal and State courts of North Carolina.

Practice Areas
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Criminal Law
  • White Collar Crime
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Business Law
  • International Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Reasonable Fees.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
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4th Circuit
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • French: Spoken
  • German: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Senior Partner
Culbertson and Associates
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Wake Forest University
Literature, Law
Honors: cum laude, undergraduate
Activities: Student Government Representative, Literary Magazine Editor,
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A+ Rating
Better Business Bureau Greensboro
Professional Associations
The North Carolina State Bar # 17848
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Greensboro Criminal Defense Lawyers Association # N/A
Member in Good Standing
- Current
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North Carolina Bar Association
Member in Continuous Good Standing Since 1991
- Current
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American Bar Association
Member in Good Standing
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International Bar Association # N/A
Member in Good Standing
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Speaking Engagements
Assistant Instructor, Business Law, Guilford County Technical Community College Business Class, Greensboro, N.C.
Guilford Technical Community College
Certified Practitioner
United States Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
Legal Answers
9 Questions Answered

Q. I need to know what I should do about taking a drug test for department of social services
A: I'd just like to stick to answering your question: (a) Yes, you have the right to refuse the drug test on any grounds. (b) If you do, I'd make sure to have a private screen at your soonest opportunity following the DSS request. (c) Not all Judges prefer hair follicle. Hair is just as easy, or easier, to manipulate via chemical hair treatments, as urine-- even more so, if urine is extracted under controlled timing and environment. (d) If you choose to submit to the DSS request, make sure you follow up as soon as realistically possible with a private test of your own. (e) If you can afford to, I'd involve an attorney in this process, as an attorney can preserve confidentiality with regard to the results of all private tests.
Q. My husband bought our marital/family home prior to our date of marriage and I was never added to the deed or mortgage.
A: Your husband owns the home, but any mortgage payments during the course of the marriage could constitute marital property. It is a complex situation and you'll need to consult a lawyer.
Q. My 14 yr old son is threatening to runaway. Who can I contact to try and stop this before it happens
A: As much as I hate to say this, there aren't any good options, short of serious vigilance and professional counseling. Your other options: (a) Call the police, who will say they don't normally act in that kind of capacity -- still, they might agree to give him a talking to; (b) Call DSS -- if you want them to be a part of your family's life for potentially a much longer time than any reasonable person probably would.
Q. Is it legal for a minor to be questioned without his gurdian or lawyer present in the state of North Carolina
A: It depends upon the context. Is it a criminal investigation or testimony (or witness interview) in a criminal case? If it's criminal, yes. A cop can question a minor as part of a criminal investigation. If it's civil, it depends on many things and we'd need to know if it's testimony in court we're talking about, or some other kind of "questioning" in order to answer this.
Q. During a separation can one spouse take the other to court to get money or visitation with kids?
A: Yes, if there was a marriage, he theoretically can file as a "dependent spouse" for what is called post spousal support. He'd probably need to consult with and pay an attorney to figure this out, however. The pleading requirements are a little complicated. He could also ask for what is known as an "interim distribution," of any of the marital or joint property which is separate property. There are a few other options for him, you might want to keep an eye on. Best to call a lawyer, probably, on this.
Q. I have a 50B no contact on my wife. After I told her I was separating because the relationship is toxic.
A: The question itself doesn't make sense from a legal, procedural standpoint. Divorce from B&B and 50B are two very different things. I would suggest strongly that you get legal advice in person. Just call someone in your jurisdiction and set up a consultation.
Q. Can I be sued for visitation rights if I have proof by texts and pictures that the other parent has been making. Visits
A: Yes, you can be sued for court ordered visitation in order to settle the rights of each party by court order. At the hearing on that motion or suit you'll have the right to present your text evidence and to show the judge you've been acting in good faith and are therefore a fit parent to exercise primary custody.
Q. Right after my husband passed away I had a relapse in that time I signed everything over to his adult children .
A: A lot will depend on whether you can establish "duress" in forming the contract with the son. There is a presumption in North Carolina that absent a will, the biological children over a second wife, but this can be overcome with good evidence. If $5,000 was exchanged at time of your signature, that will also make it more difficult. It is something you'd likely need a lawyer for. "Duress" is an "affirmative" defense and must be proven with you bearing the burden of proof, and then there is the likely combination of special proceedings court and possibly District court which will also make things more complex. Best advice: consult a lawyer asap.
Q. Farther has primary custody. He has not fixed minor child’s teeth in six months. What can I file to get him in trouble?
A: The custody agreement or order (if there is one) will provide the remedy. If the father is obligated under the consent or custody order -- or under a custody agreement -- to provide orthodontics services, your lawyer can make a motion to show cause for contempt to ask a judge to force him to do so. You can under certain circumstances ask for attorney fees for his failure to do so, also.
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Culbertson and Associates
Greensboro Family Law Attorneys
Family Law | Child Custody | Child Support
315 Spring Garden
St Ste #300
Greensboro, NC 27401
Telephone: (336) 272-4299
Cell: (336) 272-4299