Child Custody & Visitation
We routinely represent clients facing the challenges of finding workable custody and visitation schedules. To have a level of certainty, and for any child custody agreement to be effective, a court should approve the agreement. This is normally done by filing a complaint with the clerk of court asking the court to adopt a parents' agreement. Of course if parents or relatives are unable to agree, a person will need to file a complaint asking the court to settle the dispute.
Although there are exceptions to every rule, North Carolina requires mediation. Read more about the mediation program in North Carolina by the Administrative Office of the Courts website for further information. If mediation fails, the dispute over the rights of a child must be determined by a trial judge.
At all stages of this process, it is important that you have an attorney representing you. Once a child custody order is in place, it may difficult to modify (or change) that order.
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