Child Custody

Child Custody Attorneys in Winston-Salem

Resolving Complex Custody Disputes

Child Custody Between ParentsDisagreements about where children will live and who will make major decisions for them are common during the divorce process. The Winston-Salem child custody lawyers at Payne & Associates represent clients in custody cases during a divorce, after the divorce is finalized, or in situations where the parents were never married.

If you need help with a custody dispute, call (336) 585-8454 to speak with a member of our team.

North Carolina Child Custody Law

Parents are often unable to resolve custody disputes outside of the courtroom. When you and your spouse cannot reach an agreement, the court will make the decision for you.

North Carolina courts primarily focus on the best interests of the child when determining custody arrangements.

Court may also consider:

  • The relationship of the child with each parent
  • Each parent’s ability to care for the child
  • Each parent’s ability to provide a stable home environment
  • The child’s current living arrangement
  • Safety issues
  • History of domestic violence or drug abuse

The noncustodial parent will have visitation rights unless there is a compelling reason to deny visitation. In addition, North Carolina law allows for grandparent visitation rights, also known as non-parent visitation rights. The grandparent seeking visitation must show that it is in the child’s best interest. Our Winston-Salem child custody attorneys work to prepare a strong case for every client.

What Types of Child Custody Are There?

There are two types of custody: physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody refers to where and with whom the child lives. Legal custody gives one or both parents the right to make important decisions on behalf of the child regarding education, medical care, religious upbringing, participation in extracurricular activities, and more. The court may award joint or sole custody depending on the circumstances of the situation.

Call (336) 585-8454 or contact us online to work with an experienced child custody and family law lawyer in Winston-Salem.

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