Determining Child Custody without a Judge
In the North Carolina legal system, the only part of a divorce that must involve a judge is ending the official marriage contract. Divorcing couples are free to settle other arrangements, including property division and child custody, between themselves. There are some advantages to doing so: it costs less, allows flexibility, and potentially takes less time.
However, you are also taking a certain number of risks by making shared custody arrangements without legal oversight. The primary issue is that an informal arrangement is not legally enforceable. You may also find it difficult to negotiate such an emotional issue fairly without legal help. This is why many divorcing parents choose to contact mediators or arbitrators to help them make these arrangements.
Whether you plan to settle your child custody plan in or out of court, qualified legal representation can make a great difference in your case. The Raleigh child custody lawyers at Marshall & Taylor PLLC can help you understand and protect your rights as a parent. Call us today at (919) 833-1040.
As you and your spouse work out a fair child custody plan, there are certain considerations you need to take into account. It can be difficult to answer these questions fairly and honestly, but it is important to do your best. A qualified Raleigh child custody mediation lawyer can help you address concerns like:
- The child’s relationship with each parent
- Resources (schools, doctors, etc) the child will need access to
- Where the child has lived until now; his or her potential objections to moving
- Each parent’s schedule and ability to accommodate the child
- Feasibility of splitting time with each parent 50/50
Physical and legal custody are very complex issues; these are only a few of the considerations you will need to make. Fortunately, help is available to families tackling these difficult concerns.
The Raleigh custody mediation attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC want to help your family find the best arrangement for your children. Contact us at (919) 833-1040.