- Highly Reviewed & Rated – 9.9 Superb rating on respected legal site AVVO. 5.0 rating on Google. Top-rated lawyer by Super Lawyers. See some of our client reviews below.
- Proven Track Record of Success at Trial – While often the goal is to avoid trial, when we take a case into court, we are proud of our high success rate even when the odds are stacked against us.
- Responsive – We pride ourselves on fast response times when communicating with our clients. We will never let your questions or concerns go unaddressed.
- No Case Is Too Difficult or Complex – This is where our firm’s experience and depth of knowledge come into play. No matter how difficult your case may seem, we fight for you and pursue your best results with tenacity.
- Straight Shooters – You’ve made an important decision in your life. We respect you for that. You can count on us to give you the honest (sometimes hard) truth about what to expect on the road ahead so that you can be prepared in every way possible.
- Because Your Family and Happiness Are at Stake – The smoother and fairer this process goes, the better the post-divorce interactions tend to be. This is better for the children (when applicable), you, and your ex-spouse.
- Caring & Compassionate (truly) – We have a personal connection to divorce and family law matters. We know what you’ve been through and care about your well-being. You are more than just a legal matter.
- Personalized Attention – We understand and respect that every client’s needs are unique. We treat all of our clients with the attention they deserve.
- We Keep You Updated – We know transparency is important to you. We want you to know what’s happening with your case at all points in the process.
Wilmington Child Custody & Visitation Lawyer
Have Questions about Child Custody or Visitation and Looking for a North Carolina Child Custody Law Firm That Covers All the Bases, Does Not Complicate Cases with Extra Billing, Really Cares, and Keeps Focused on the Best Interests of You & Your Child?
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Why Choose Speaks Family Law Firm?
Physical and Legal Child Custody in North Carolina
There are two main types of child custody in North Carolina. These are:
- Physical Custody – the location where the child will reside.
- Legal Custody – the decisions that must be made on behalf of the child.
Both parents generally have joint legal custody so that they can make decisions involving education, religion, and healthcare. Our child custody lawyer will explain these issues in more detail when you have a consultation.
Physical custody may be determined using several factors:
- Age of the child
- Which parent has historically been the primary caregiver
- Physical and emotional condition of the child
- Location of the child’s friends
- Time spent living in the current house
- Disabilities or required special care
Younger children are more apt to remain in the care of the parent who has been providing the most consistent care.
What Is Child Visitation In North Carolina?
Each parent is entitled to visitation, also known as parenting time, with their children.
North Carolina’s custody laws have established minimum guideline amounts for parenting time. This usually translates to one weeknight per week and visits every other weekend. A court can award either parent more than the minimum guideline amount, but not less, except in cases where a child’s safety is at issue.
Child Custody / Visitation In Which a Parent Is Deemed Unfit
It is unusual for a parent to be denied visitation with their child. In situations where the parent has been deemed unfit, however, the court will decide visitation on a case-by-case basis. A parent may be considered unfit only for a handful of reasons, such as if the parent is a convicted felon, drug or alcohol dependent, or has been convicted of harming a child.
To be denied visitation, a parent must be proven unfit to care for their child. This can be difficult and complicated because, in some cases, there simply isn’t enough proof available due to reasons such as the parent not being found guilty of a crime.
The court will review the various issues involved in the case to decide how to resolve it. Sometimes the answer is supervised visitation. Supervised visitation requires one parent to have another neutral party with them at all times during a visit. This can make visits safer and less worrisome; however, it can also prove to be more complicated. Sometimes, a parent may be allowed limited visits, and sometimes, overnight visits are denied.
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If these things are what you are looking for in a law firm, then contact us to see how we can help you and your family.
We help families within or near the Wilmington Area.
Locally, clients come to us from Charlotte, New Hanover, Ogden, Murrayville, Bayshore, King’s Grant, Porter’s Neck, Wrightsville Beach, Myrtle Grove, Surf City, and others throughout the New Hanover area.
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