Family Law Attorney North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Family Law


Family Law Focus

  • Alimony
  • Adoption
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • Child Support
  • Contempt
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Emergency Custody
  • Grandparent Rights
  • Modification
  • Name Change
  • Separation and Property Settlement Agreements
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • And others


Bennett D. Rainey is a divorce and family law attorney located in Winston Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina, focused on addressing the needs of his clients who are facing life-changing legal matters surrounding divorce and family law including child custody and child support, adoptions, post-separation support, alimony, and equitable distribution.

Bennett also works zealously with clients to resolve family law matters outside of court in mediation, in North Carolina collaborative divorce law proceedings, and by negotiating property settlements and separation agreements.


Bennett attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) on athletic scholarships (in swimming). At UNCW he majored in History and minored in Psychology. After graduating magna cum laude from UNCW in 2010, Bennett attended Wake Forest University School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor in 2013.

Bennett regularly attends North Carolina Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses covering a host of family law related issues. Bennett is also a trained Winston Salem collaborative divorce lawyer.

Board Certified Specialist in Family Law:

In 2023, Winston-Salem attorney Bennett D. Rainey was recognized as a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law by the North Carolina State Bar. Mr. Rainey, a partner in the Winston-Salem firm of Kurtz Whitley Guy Sanders & Rainey, PLLC, concentrates his legal practice in the areas of child custody and child support, alimony, equitable distribution, adoption, as well as all other aspects of family law.

Mr. Rainey is also a member of the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and has spoken at various seminars on family law. The North Carolina State Bar, an agency of the State of North Carolina, certifies lawyers as specialists in designated practice areas as a service to the public. The program assists members of the public in the selection of legal counsel by identifying lawyers who have demonstrated special knowledge, skill, and proficiency in certain areas of law. The program also gives lawyers a credible way of making their expertise known to the public and other lawyers.

To be certified as a board certified specialist in a practice area, a lawyer must

  • Be an active member in good standing with the North Carolina State Bar for at least five years;
  • Devote at least 25% of his or her practice to the specialty during the past five years (substantial involvement);
  • Attend continuing legal education (CLE) seminars in the specialty;
  • Be favorably evaluated by other lawyers and judges (peer review); and
  • Pass a written examination in the specialty practice area.

Certification is granted for a period of five years. To maintain certification, a lawyer must again demonstrate that he or she is substantially involved in the practice area; attend CLE seminars in the practice area; and be favorably evaluated by peers.

For more information about the North Carolina Legal Specialization program, and to view a list of board certified specialists by practice area, please visit the Legal Specialization website at, or call the State Bar at 919.828.4620.

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • 2023: Manuscript Author and Presenter: “Tag! You’re It! Personal Jurisdiction” – Interstate Issues: 2023 Family Law Section Fall Program, North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA).
  • 2022: Author of “The Corn Farmer on Peace Haven Road” – Winston-Salem Journal.
  • 2021: Manuscript Author and Presenter: “2021 Case Law Update – Equitable Distribution, Alimony, Attorney’s Fees, and Marital Agreements” – NCBA Family Law Section Annual Meeting.
  • 2020: Manuscript Author and Presenter at “2020 Case Law Update – Equitable Distribution, Alimony, Attorney’s Fees, and Marital Agreements” – NCBA Family Law Section Annual Meeting.
  • 2017: Speaker at Wake Forest Law Roundtable.
  • 2015: Author of “The Investiture of Judge Biggs: A Promise Fulfilled” – The Middle Ground.

Highly Rated Family Lawyer in Winston Salem, NC

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