Unfortunately, about 40% of first marriages end in divorce, often leading to disputes over the custody of children. Luckily, in North Carolina, the parties may resolve the issues regarding their children in a separation or custody agreement creating an enforceable contract between the parents. Parents may place terms they desire into the contract, and unless illegal or against public policy, those terms will control physical and legal custody, including visitation, decision making, activities, religion, education and medical needs.
Child Custody Attorneys in Matthews
Custody cases are unpleasant and can be time consuming and expensive. It’s far better for parents to resolve their issues in an agreement than have a third party judge do it for them. However, should litigation be necessary, it’s important to know how the statutes of North Carolina guide lawyers and judges in conducting and deciding custody cases. The applicable North Carolina General Statutes contained in sections 50-13.01 et seq. are the basic custody laws of North Carolina. The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act addresses jurisdictional disputes in custody cases, such as when a parent and child live in one state and the other parent in North Carolina, or vice versa.
The experienced family law attorneys at Weaver, Bennett & Bland, P.A. can guide you through this terrible time in your life, provide advice before separation, during negotiations and in resolving these matters with an appropriate child custody agreement. If litigation is required, our family law lawyers will exert their time and energy assisting you in obtaining the custody of your children that you and they deserve and need.