Child custody is perhaps the most frequently litigated issue in family law. Even parents who enjoy an amicable relationship can have a great deal of difficulty ironing out all the complexities of a child custody agreement. In cases involving allegations of abuse, neglect, substance issues, or domestic violence, the stakes could not be higher. Only an experienced attorney can help you make the best decisions for your entire family when it comes to finding a custody arrangement in North Carolina. With their 46 years of combined legal experience, you can trust Devan & Null PLLC with what’s most precious to you — your children.
Child custody can be the most complex and contentious aspect of family law. It may be difficult to arrive at a final child custody arrangement with your ex, particularly depending on your unique circumstances. However, the general types of common child custody arrangements are fairly simple to grasp:
Because of the many possible complexities and variations in custody decisions, the North Carolina court system strongly encourages — and in many districts, requires — mediation, so that parents, rather than a judge, can resolve custody issues. While custody arrangements are intended to provide stability, they can be modified later if there is a substantial change in circumstances.
Grandparents in North Carolina have broader rights to seek visitation and custody than those in many other states. Nevertheless, the interests of the child are paramount, and the area of Grandparents rights and third party rights is complex. At Devan & Null, our family-focused law firm can help clarify these issues and craft a personalized custody arrangement that satisfies your unique needs.
Unlike other aspects of a divorce, where the focus is on what is fair and reasonable for each spouse, child custody decisions are determined by what the court believes is in the best interests of the child. A court will consider which parent is in a better position to provide a stable and beneficial home for the child, including living arrangements, income, access to schools, and overall parenting abilities. Allegations of abuse against the child or other spouse are also of paramount consideration. North Carolina courts are directed to consider all relevant factors before making this important decision, and our lawyers can help you mount a compelling case.
Every North Carolina child custody case is different, and only experience can teach you what to expect. At Devan & Null PLLC, we have that experience. Having spent decades practicing family law and sitting as a family court judge, Laura Devan makes sure her clients are prepared for whatever issues arise during the custody process. Our office is located on Fountainhead Lane in Fayetteville, North Carolina, blocks from the Hay Street exit of US 401. We are available for consultations by appointment from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays. To schedule your consultation with one of our attorneys, call 910-745-6645 or contact us online.