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The best way to handle child custody issues is with respect

Most North Carolina parents see their children as a blessing and only want what is best for them. They will also go out of their way to protect their kids from harm, be it physical or emotional. As a result, many parents are willing to put their children's well-being ahead of their own. Unfortunately, sometimes a situation between two adults becomes untenable, and a separation or divorce is the best course of action for everyone involved in the long run, even if the kids may be confused and upset by it. When this occurs, it is important that parents remember the kids when they deal with potentially contentious issues such as custody and visitation.

Why have a lawyer in child custody mediation?

Most North Carolinians have probably heard of mediation, if only in the news or on legal television shows. They might also understand that it is considered an 'alternative dispute resolution method.' This method, which provides an alternative to litigation, is often used in family law cases like divorce and child custody. There may be a few reasons why mediation might be a good option in certain cases, but one should always understand that using such an alternative process without legal advice might not be a great idea.

How is 'visitation' decided in North Carolina child custody?

We've previously discussed several aspects of child custody cases in North Carolina. As many readers will no doubt remember, child custody can be decided as part of a divorce proceeding, or as a separate petition, sometimes along with other issues such as paternity and child support. A few weeks ago, we touched on the differences between 'sole' and 'joint' custody. To refresh, sole custody is given to one parent, while both parents are involved in a joint custody arrangement.

What is "sole" and "joint" child custody in North Carolina?

Perhaps the hardest part of a divorce or non-marital paternity case is determining how to divide the time parents can spend with their children. When two separate households are involved, it is often the case that some compromises will have to be made and that no one party will be given everything he or she wishes for. However, the more parents can work together to find common ground, the better the chances of both being satisfied with the child custody arrangements.

North Carolina and electronic visitation

This blog has previously touched on the basic types of child custody that are used by North Carolina family courts in divorce and non-marital custody determinations. To refresh, there is legal custody, which deals with decision-making regarding the child's health, education, and other important issues, and physical custody, which determines where the child will reside. Either of these types of custody can be 'joint' or 'sole,' meaning that either both parties, or only one parent, will have that type of custody. A common arrangement is to give both parents joint legal custody, while giving one parent sole physical custody.

Child custody considerations in North Carolina

Under North Carolina law, there are different types of child custody. The main types are joint custody and sole custody. As is always true when considering child custody, what is in the best interests of the child is the guiding principle when determining child custody. However, North Carolina courts also consider the child's wishes, which may not necessarily be the same as the solution the court determines is in the child's best interests.

Navigating child custody and child support

One of the most difficult and emotionally taxing elements of divorce for parents is child custody and child support. When it comes to supporting children, both parents hold a financial responsibility they are required to uphold. That level of that responsibility can vary a great deal from state to state and case to case however. Child support guidelines contain formulas and standards that help to determine if child support should be awarded to one parent, and if so, how much.

You once loved your ex. Would you start a business with them now?

For many people, getting a divorce seems to kill any scrap of admiration or respect you once had for your ex. When you have kids together, though, you have to find your way past that in the interest or your children.

Dad obtains custody after mother takes kids out of state

Child custody arrangements can sometimes be difficult to determine when a divorce has not yet been finalized. It's important not to remove your children from their home state, though, unless the other parent has given permission. Doing this can make it appear like you're trying to separate your children from your spouse, and unless there is a good reason to do so, it can lead to troubling legal consequences.

What are the factors involved in a custody case?

In North Carolina, child custody decisions are taken very seriously. There are a number of factors that play into the custody arrangements for a child. All decisions are made in the best interest of the child, although the courts do take into consideration the parents' opinions as well as the child's preferences.

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