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A Strong, Experienced Family Law Advocate

Benton Family Law in Goldsboro, North Carolina, focuses solely on helping families through their most difficult and emotional legal challenges. Serving all of Wayne County and the surrounding areas of eastern North Carolina, the law firm provides a comprehensive range of family law services for clients who have legal needs related to any of the following:

  • Absolute divorce
  • Child custody and support
  • Post-separation support and alimony
  • Property division
  • Premarital agreements

The law firm's founder, Shelby Duffy Benton, has more than 30 years of legal experience. Certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a family law specialist, she possesses an extensive amount of knowledge and resources that she uses to deliver the highest level of counsel possible to her clients. Additionally, Ms. Benton is also a certified family and financial mediator, so she can help you resolve your issues without the need for court intervention.

Together with a dedicated legal staff, Ms. Benton and her law firm can handle the demands of your case while treating you and your family with the respect and compassion you deserve. If you are facing divorce or have another domestic relations issue you need to address, you can contact Benton Family Law to schedule an initial consultation.

Call 919-736-3076 to arrange your consultation.

Attorney Shelby Duffy Benton


Mrs. Benton is a 1982 graduate of NCSU with a degree in Political Science/Criminal Justice and a 1985 graduate of Campbell University School of Law. She has practiced in Wayne County, NC since 1985. From 1985 to 1995 she practiced Criminal and Family Law. In 1995 she became certified as a Specialist in Family Law by the NC State Bar and has remained so certified since that time. Since 1995 she has focused her practice on Family Law. She is also certified as a Family and Financial Mediator.

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

Mrs. Benton is the President-Elect of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA). The NCBA is the largest voluntary Bar Association in North Carolina with more than 18,000 members. Mrs. Benton will become President on June 20, 2015 at the Annual Meeting of the NCBA at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina. Prior to being named President Elect of the NCBA, Mrs. Benton served the Association in a number of leadership roles: Chair of the Family Law Section from 2009 to 2010; Board of Governors member from 2010 to 2013; Member of the 4All Committee from 2011 to the present; Member of the Legislative Advisory Committee from 2010 to present. Mrs. Benton is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars for fellow attorneys in the family law field. In the past, she has served as the State Bar Counselor for the 8th Judicial District and served on the State Bar Ethics Committee from 2012 to 2014.

Honors and Awards:

Mrs. Benton has been rated for the past nineteen (19) years with an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell (1996-2015). She has been listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers from 2010 - 2015 and in 2014 she was listed as one of the Top 50 Woman Lawyers in NC by North Carolina Super Lawyers. Business North Carolina Magazine named her among the Legal Elite in North Carolina in Family Law from 2011 to 2015. Best Lawyers in America have included her for the years 2009 - 2015 for the specialty of family law. In 2012, she was recognized by the NC Bar Association for her service to her community and the legal profession with a Citizen Lawyer Award. NC Lawyers Weekly honored her with a 2012 Women of Justice Award. In 2013, Best Lawyers have named her the Best Lawyer for the Raleigh Region in Family Law. Benton Family Law is privileged to have such an accomplished attorney to lead the firm. In 2013, Mrs. Benton was named a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

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