Determining the custodial arrangement of the minor children of divorcing or unmarried parents can be among the most emotional and difficult issues that parents face with respect to their children. Often times, parties are able to agree on a proper custody and visitation arrangement that is practical and will best serve the children and the parties. When this is the case, Midtown Family Law, will work with you to obtain an agreement that will address the needs of your particular family and file the necessary documents to assist you in having that custody arrangement enforceable by the court.
If parents are unable to come to an agreement on the custody of the children, either party may file a claim for child custody in District Court. In North Carolina, parents are required to attend custody mediation (unless it is waived) and if the parties are still unable to come to an agreement, the court will make a determination based upon the best interests of the child. If a custody claim goes to court, parties need to be prepared for the judge to look very carefully at each parent’s conduct and will consider many factors in determining the custodial arrangement that will serve the best interests and welfare of the child.
At Midtown, we can help you present the necessary evidence for a judge to make a determination of the custodial arrangement that will best serve the interests of the children.