Defending Your Rights In Child Custody And Support

Most divorce decrees will include an order specifying the child custody privileges of each parent, and the topic of child custody often triggers highly intense and contentious battles between the parties to any dissolution of marriage.

In North Carolina, our courts do not award custody to mothers automatically. In addition, there is no preset age at which children are deemed capable of deciding for themselves with which parent they will live. Judges evaluate each case individually and are charged with making a decision that is “in the best interests of the children.”

But child custody outcomes do not have to be handed down from the bench. There are alternatives such as arbitration, mediation and settlement negotiations, among others. The lawyers at Harbinson Parker, believe fully that parents know their children better than any judge. Lawyers Joel Harbinson and Carey Parker, both seasoned attorneys with extensive experience in child custody and child support cases, lead our team of family law attorneys. They will always encourage feuding soon-to-be ex-spouses to set aside their hurt feelings and work together toward a quick and amicable solution.

Legal Guidance For Determining Your Child’s Financial Future

The issue of child support can cause a great deal of stress, anxiety and consternation for each parent of any minor child. We know firsthand that nothing in the world is more imperative than ensuring your sons and daughters are covered with an appropriate and comprehensive plan following a divorce.

When it comes to child support, the noncustodial parent is usually ordered to provide financial assistance following the North Carolina Child Support Guidelines. Payments typically continue until the children reach the age of majority.

Factors Used To Determine The Amount Of Child Support Payments

The algorithm used to determine how much of a contribution will be required by each parent incorporates the following factors:

  • The incomes of each parent
  • Child care expenses
  • Costs for health (medical and dental) insurance of the children
  • Current and previous child support obligations for other children
  • Any special needs considerations, such as medical conditions or disabilities

If you want to discuss your options in child custody and support, we are happy to assist you at Harbinson Parker, in Alexander County. We have more than 60 years of combined experience in family law and various legal areas.

Let’s Work On Solutions For Your Children

Our priority is what is best for your children. Let’s work to secure their rights and financial future. Call our Taylorsville office at 828-600-7462 or call our Statesville office at 704-707-3066 to schedule a consultation with us. You can also send your contact information via our online form. We accept credit cards.