When a family is dealing with divorce, or when the parents of a child are not married and do not intend to remain together, the issue of child custody may arise—that is, the issues of who will be making decisions regarding the child’s welfare, and with which parent the child will reside. The best interest of the child is always of utmost importance, and putting the best interest of your child first, while assisting you in navigating the sometimes tumultuous process of child custody, is what our child custody lawyers can help you with.

If you are a parent with a child and you are divorcing, or you are unmarried but no longer wish to remain in a relationship with your partner, entering into a child custody agreement is of utmost importance in protecting the welfare of your child and providing structure to your relationship as it pertains to your child. Even if you have an amicable relationship with your ex-spouse or ex-partner, a child custody agreement remains exceedingly beneficial in protecting the interest of the parents, and ultimately the best interest of the child, especially when unforeseen circumstances occur. 

In North Carolina, custody of a child takes on two forms: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody is about who has the authority to make decisions regarding the child’s life, and physical custody is about how the child will share their home between the two parents. Many times, one parent assumes physical custody, and both parents share joint custody. A visitation arrangement is typically put into place to address the noncustodial parent’s rights to see and spend time with the child. 

An important consideration to keep in mind is whether a child custody case may go to court. It is highly beneficial to keep your case out of court, both from a financial perspective, and to allow parents to exercise as much power as possible over determining the custodial situation of the child. If the parents are unable to come to an amicable agreement regarding the custodial situation of the child, then the decision is left up to the judge—a neutral third party that knows nothing about the parents or the child. However, sometimes going to court is unavoidable, and in that case, you will want to ensure that you have a strong team in court with you advocating for your interests.

Our child custody attorneys can help you navigate the process of child custody and help you understand your rights as a parent, and assist in helping you make the best decision for your child. If your case is unresolvable outside of court, our child custody attorneys are prepared to advocate for you in the courtroom in order to obtain the best outcome possible.  If you find yourself with questions pertaining to child custody, call the Khan Law Firm for a free consultation at (336) 905-4705 to learn how our child custody attorneys can help you resolve the matter as seamlessly as possible.