Greensboro Child Custody Lawyers
Helping You Do What’s Best for Your Children
Divorce is never easy. When children are involved, the emotional turmoil is often too much to bear on one’s own. Our experienced child custody attorneys at the Law Office of Stephen E. Robertson, PLLC are here to support and guide you through this challenging time. When you come in for your consultation, we can analyze your unique situation to determine an effective and appropriate course of action.
What Is the Most Common Type of Custody Arrangement?
In North Carolina, there are two main types of child custody, including:
- Physical custody: This type of custody pertains to which parent the child will reside with. A parent who has physical custody of a child has the responsibility to feed and clothe the child and take them to school. Although it is possible for both of the child’s parents to be given physical custody (i.e., joint custody), often one parent is granted sole physical custody, while the other parent is given visitation rights.
- Legal custody: Issues related to how the child is raised, such as the child’s religious upbringing and what extra-curricular activities the child participates in, fall under the category of legal custody. Typically, a court will grant joint legal custody to the parents, with the presumption that both parents’ active involvement in making decisions for the child is in the child’s best interest. However, in some instances, this may not be true, such as when one parent has a history of domestic violence.
How Is Child Custody Determined in Greensboro?
Divorcing parents are permitted and even encouraged to reach an agreement concerning child custody on their own. Many couples can do this during the mediation or collaborative law process. When parents cannot agree, the matter will be left for the court to decide.
In North Carolina, the family courts make determinations about child custody based on the “best interest of the child” standard.
When deciding what child custody arrangement is in the best interest of the child, a judge will consider several factors, including:
- The safety of the child
- The child’s relationship with each parent
- The presence of any history of domestic violence
- The child’s current living arrangements
- The ability of each parent to maintain a stable home for the child
- The capacity of each parent to care for the child
- The child’s preference
Call the Law Office of Stephen E. Robertson, PLLC
If you are dealing with a child custody dispute, please do not try to go through this time alone. Consult with our Greensboro child custody lawyers to determine how to proceed with your case. We would be more than happy to answer all your questions about custody laws and procedures, and we can walk you through every step of the legal process.