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Child Custody

Established Attorney Manages North Carolina Child Custody Disputes

Dedicated Huntersville firm represents parents going through a divorce

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.

Accomplished litigator seeks fair arrangements for residence and visitation

My family law firm handles a complete range of crucial legal matters affecting young people after their parents have broken up, including:

  • Primary and joint custody arrangements — Joint physical custody is a possibility in North Carolina, though this type of arrangement could make things difficult for school enrollment and childcare when parents live a distance from one another. Should a dispute exist regarding which parent should have primary physical custody, we’ll go over the circumstances thoroughly to determine how to proceed.
  • Visitation rights — In situations where one parent is awarded primary physical custody, my firm concentrates on creating detailed visitation plans that give the noncustodial parent ample time with their child and address matters such as holidays, school vacations and transportation.
  • Grandparent visitation — Significant discussions have occurred in the state about increasing the rights of grandparents to visit their grandchildren. Currently, grandparents can petition a court for custody or visitation of their grandchildren under limited circumstances, and I am familiar with the rules about when grandparents can petition the court for custody.
  • Modification and enforcement of orders — When your circumstances change following your divorce, my firm outlines how modifications to custody and visitation terms are evaluated if a job opportunity or illness compels a relocation or some other type of adjustment. If your former partner is disobeying an order, it’s important not to take matters into your own hands: I’ll seek swift legal relief on your behalf.
  • Decisions related to religion, education and upbringing of the child — Legal custody refers to the authority parents have over important decisions relating to their children’s medical treatment, religious instruction, education and upbringing. This type of custody is usually awarded jointly, but if a concern exists in this area, I’ll advise you of your options.

Regardless of how contentious a divorce might be, I am committed to helping you maintain a strong bond with your children.

Experienced advocate works to resolve parenting issues through mediation

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.

Skilled attorney outlines the factors courts use in custody determinations

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.

Contact a knowledgeable North Carolina custody lawyer to make an appointment

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.

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    215 Gilead Road
    Suite 201
    Huntersville, North Carolina 28078
    Phone: 980-441-1110
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