Child Custody Attorney
Establishing or modifying a child custody arrangement is often the most important and contentious aspect of a family law case. Child custody arrangements can have a major impact on your child’s future, as well as your own daily routine and finances. Our Greensboro family law attorneys welcome the opportunity to advise you on child custody matters. Our Triad child custody attorneys can assist you in achieving a resolution through either an out-of-court agreement or through a formal Court Order.
Do I have to go to Court for Child Custody?
If you have been unable to agree upon an arrangement for child custody with the other parent, it may be time to begin litigation. However, just because you open a formal custody claim, does not necessarily mean that you will need to go to Court.
Before going to trial in North Carolina, parties to a filed child custody action are required to mediate. In the counties we serve, child custody mediation is cost-free. The mediation process can be helpful in resolving or narrowing issues related to child custody in a timely and cost effective way.
When parties to a custody case are unable to settle the matter out-of-court, North Carolina judges will make a determination as to what custodial arrangement is in the best interest of the child based on the evidence presented at trial. At trial, typically each parent, along with other witnesses, will be present in Court and will testify under oath. The child custody attorneys of Garrett Walker Aycoth & Olson have a wealth of trial experience and are prepared to fight for you.
What evidence will I present to the Court?
If the other parent and I have an agreement, do I really need a Court Order?
Maybe. Having a custody order offers a few benefits.
In North Carolina, there are two aspects of custody that our clients need to consider: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody is control over the major parenting decisions in a child’s life including, but not limited to healthcare, education, and religious upbringing. The parties to a custody case can share joint legal custody or one party can have sole legal custody. Physical custody is the schedule on which the child spends time with each parent. Our child custody lawyers are experienced in designing, negotiating, and fighting for custody schedules that best suit your child’s needs.
I already have a Custody Order. Can I change it?
If you have an existing child custody Order, North Carolina does permit a party to make a motion to modify the current child custody arrangement. A motion to modify child custody requires that the party seeking the change establish a substantial change in circumstances as it relates to the minor child(ren) prior to analyzing whether the proposed change is in the best interests of the child(ren). Parties may also have the option to mediate motions to modify child custody prior to litigating their case formally before a judge.
We are happy to answer your questions and chart a path towards a resolution of your child custody dispute. Please call us at 336-379-0539 or contact us to set up a consultation. Our office is located at 436 Spring Garden St, Greensboro, NC 27401. Our Greensboro Child Custody Lawyers are here for you, contact us today!