Ending a marriage is stressful and emotionally taxing. Even when the parties to the divorce agree that terminating their marriage is the right decision it can be very hard on North Carolina residents to make the many difficult decisions that must be worked through in order to separate their lives from those of their spouses. There are steps that they can take, though, that can ease the burden of divorce and can help divorcing parents make their children's well-beings priorities in their divorce proceedings.
In a perfect world every parent who must share time with their kids with their ex-partner would follow the terms of their custody agreement or order to the specific letter of the document. No parent would drop their child off late during a hand-off and no parent would attempt to sway the feelings of their child away from the child's other custodial parent. Sadly, it is not a perfect world and North Carolina parents who have had to put up with conflicts over the terms of their custody documents understand how easy it can be for a parent to interfere with the other parent's time with the kids.
Just as parents take proactive steps to support their kids and see that their needs are met, so too do North Carolina courts work to meet the needs of the children whose legal interests pass through their chambers. To this end, courts that handle child custody matters follow a standard that places the best interests of the children at the forefront of all legal decisions that will affect the children's upbringing. Keep in mind, though, that all children are unique and have diverse needs. Therefore, courts may issue very different child custody orders depending upon the circumstances they encounter.
The divorce of two North Carolina parents can result in the creation of a child custody order. Child custody orders establish the responsibilities of the child's parents once they have officially ended their legal union. There are a variety of ways that custody can be divided, and this post will briefly touch on some of the types of child custody arrangements. Readers are reminded, though, that their child custody plans may take on different characteristics as no two familial situations are the same.
The Graham.Nuckolls.Conner. Law Firm, PLLC, is located in Greenville, North Carolina. It offers its clients a wide range of family law legal services including but not limited to guidance and representation on divorce, child and spousal support and adoption. The attorneys of the firm also help their clients work out child custody arrangements that may be incorporated into court-enforceable agreements and orders.
Divorce is complex. Not only is it usually an unexpected process, but it can stir up many emotions and negativity. Because of that, many North Carolina parents seek to do everything they can to protect their children throughout and following marriage dissolution. When amicability is possible and fair and open communication is present, a co-parenting relationship is often sought by parents. But this does not mean this child custody agreement is not filled with its obstacles and pitfalls. While no custody arrangement is perfect, there are ways to make them more successful.
Although couples in North Carolina and other states across the nation don't intend to divorce when they decide to tie the knot, divorce is as common as ever in our soicety. Because roughly half of all marriages end in divorce, there are many broken families. Most divorcing parents seek to protect the best interests of their children, and one step to help ensure that is by developing a fair and workable child custody agreement.
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.
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.
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.