When parents divorce, child custody and visitation issues can be challenging, even if both parents believe they are acting in their child’s best interests. At my Huntersville firm, David Self Family Law and Mediation, I am dedicated to protecting your rights to raise your child in a healthy, thriving environment. Drawing on many years of experience, I represent North Carolina families in all aspects of child custody and visitation proceedings, and I always look beyond the legal details to gain a comprehensive perspective on the needs of clients’ sons and daughters. From there, I’ll work to establish arrangements that encourage positive relationships.
My family law firm handles a complete range of crucial legal matters affecting young people after their parents have broken up, including:
Regardless of how contentious a divorce might be, I am committed to helping you maintain a strong bond with your children.
Children are best served when parents maintain a cordial relationship. Through the structured process of mediation, couples can often set aside hostility and agree on key decisions affecting their children. Mediation can be a highly effective tool for parents to preserve their children’s well-being and foster stability during the turbulent process of divorce. By working with a qualified, neutral third party, you can take some of the stress out of custody matters and put important child-rearing decisions in your hands rather than a judge’s. I meticulously develop mediation strategies that carefully guide the negotiating process toward a healthy resolution.
Sometimes, parents just cannot come to a consensus on custody and visitation plans. In these situations, courts are bound to determine what is in the young person’s best interests. Judges base their determinations on a range of factors, including health and safety considerations, the child’s current routine, educational opportunities, the ability of each parent to create a stable home, and any history of domestic violence. The older the child, the more weight his or her opinion is given. A seasoned lawyer who takes the time to understand your child and their unique circumstances can make the strongest possible argument for an outcome that meets their physical, emotional and social needs.
David Self Family Law and Mediation advises North Carolina parents on child custody, visitation and support issues. Please call 704-594-5364 or contact me online to schedule a consultation. My office is in Huntersville.