About Joe Schnitz

Joseph R. Schmitz, Attorney

Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Phone: 336-714-2380

Fax: 336-714-2381

Email: Email Me


Joe grew up in rural northwestern Iowa in a small farming community.  His father built a successful and enduring painting business out of the back of a ’75 Ford station wagon. While often working alongside his father, Joe learned a strong work ethic from an early age.  After graduating from law school in just 2 ½ years, Joe and his wife returned to the Triad to establish their roots and to begin Joe’s life-long dream of practicing law.

Married and the proud parent of three active children, Joe spends his free time with his family traveling to Belize, working on their hobby farm (which is home to a horse and miniature donkey, as well as several sheep, alpacas, chickens, and guineas), playing in the creek with the family dogs, and exploring the Appalachian Mountains.  Joe also enjoys cooking, hunting, fishing mountain streams, and he always has a home improvement project to work on.

Joe is active in United Family Church in Lewisville, North Carolina.  His faith is important to him, integrating it into all areas of his life, including his law practice, though he refuses to ever push his beliefs onto his clients.   While Joe gladly gladly welcomes the opportunity to represent clients from any background, his Christian faith guides him as he strives to practice with honesty, integrity, and compassion.

– Areas of Practice

  • Separation
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Asset Division (Equitable Distribution)
  • Spousal Support (Post-separation Support & Alimony)
  • Adoption
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Domestic Violence
  • Mediation

– Bar Admissions

North Carolina, 2006

U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina, 2009

– Education

Regent University School of Law, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Juris Doctor – December, 2005
Law Journal: Regent Journal of International Law, Executive Editor

Regent University Robertson School of Government, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Masters in Public Policy – December, 2005
Honors: Masters Research Fellow
Honors: Middle East Peace Scholar

Evangel University, Springfield, Missouri

B.S. in Government and Social Sciences – May 2001
Honors: Student Body President

– Professional Associations and Memberships

North Carolina Bar Association, 2006 – Present
N.C. Board Certified Specialist in Family Law, December 3, 2020 – Present
North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission, Certified Family Financial Mediator, January 30, 2018 – Present
North Carolina Bar Association, 2006 – Present
North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2006 – Present
Forsyth County Bar Association, 2006 – Present
Forsyth County District Court Local Forms Committee, 2018-2019
U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina, Member, 2009 – Present

– Pro Bono Activities

United Family Church – Youth Leader, 2013 – 2017
United Family Church – Board Member, 2014 – 2020
Volunteer Attorney with Legal Aid of NC Lawyer on the Line, 2016 – Present
Northwest Forsyth American Little League – Board Member, 2017 – 2019
Northwest Forsyth American Little League – Challengers Division Coach, 2016 – Present
RAMM Missions International, Inc. – Vice-President & Mission Team Guide, 2017 – Present


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