Monroe Child Custody Attorneys
Helping Fathers & Mothers in Union County with Child Custody Matters
Child custody disputes can be some of the most emotionally difficult legal battles that a couple can face during a divorce. While most couples want to reach an agreement on their own, sometimes the disagreements are too great and the case has to be settled in court. If this is the case, a family lawyer in Monroe, North Carolina, who specifically deals with child custody matters will be needed.
At Leitner, Bragg & Griffin, P.A., our child custody lawyers in Monroe have years of experience helping clients reach favorable custody arrangements.
How Does Child Custody Work in North Carolina?
When parents are divorcing, one of the most important decisions they have to make is how they will arrange child custody. The state of North Carolina recognizes two types of child custody:
- Legal custody - This refers to the right of parents to make decisions regarding their child's education, religious training, healthcare, and general welfare. Parents with legal custody can make decisions together or one parent can have sole decision-making authority.
- Physical custody - This refers to where the child will live. Parents can share this decision or one parent can have sole custody.
Parents can decide on their own child custody arrangement or a judge can make the decision based on what is in the best interest of the child. When parents cannot agree on a custody arrangement, they will need to go to court. Judges often look to the North Carolina Custody Judges' Manual when deciding on custody cases. The manual outlines the state's preference for shared custody arrangements whenever possible.
How Long Does Child Custody Last?
North Carolina law does not specify how long child custody lasts. Parents can agree on a set time period or can leave the decision up to the judge. The law does require that parents maintain contact with their child after a divorce.
What Factors Does a Judge Consider in Child Custody Cases?
When a judge is deciding on child custody, the child's best interest is the most important factor. Judges often consider factors such as:
- Each parent's ability to provide a stable, loving environment for the child
- The child's age
- Each parent's willingness to allow the other parent to be involved in important decisions
- Each parent's ability to provide financial stability
- The child's preference, if old enough to express a preference
- Any history of domestic violence
Parents can help a judge make a decision by showing evidence of their willingness to cooperate and make decisions together. Parents can also show evidence of the child's needs, such as the child's health, safety, and education.
Contact Our Child Custody Lawyers in Monroe, NC
Our Monroe child custody lawyers can help you reach a favorable custody agreement or represent you in court. We will work hard to make sure your child's best interests are protected. To learn more about how we can assist you, contact us today.
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