Protecting Your Relationship With Your Children

In North Carolina, a child custody case may arise as part of a divorce or the breakup of an unmarried relationship. If you and your ex cannot agree on how you should co-parent your children, it's important to seek the help of an attorney who will help your reach a negotiated agreement.

I am attorney Rich Cassady. I offer a $200 consultation to discuss child custody and visitation in the context of a divorce or a paternity action. With offices in Franklin and Murphy, I represent clients in Macon County, Cherokee County and beyond.

Understanding North Carolina Child Custody Law

There are two types of child custody in North Carolina:

  • Legal custody, which is decision-making for major issues such as education, health care and religious upbringing
  • Physical custody, which is where your child will live

North Carolina favors joint legal custody unless there is a strong reason why one parent should not be allowed to make child-rearing decisions. North Carolina also favors joint physical custody as long as both parents are fit. The exact time-sharing arrangement can be negotiated by the parents or litigated in court.

Unfortunately, the cost of resolving a child custody dispute in court can be high, both emotionally and financially. It can also be damaging to the children you want to protect. In my experience, two parents can do a better job of negotiating a time-sharing arrangement than one judge. As your lawyer, my goal is to help you negotiate a resolution unless court action is necessary to protect your child's interests.

I also handle family law issues such as:

  • Determining child support
  • Modifying child custody and support orders
  • Enforcement of child support and visitation orders

For More Information About Child Custody In North Carolina

To discuss your child custody and visitation concerns with me, please call 828-634-7320 or 800-811-9295, or contact me online to schedule a $200 consultation.