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Child Custody Attorneys in Charlotte, NC

Helping You Protect Your Parental Rights in a Divorce

In any divorce between parents, the most common – and often most contentious – dispute is about who will get custody of the children. When both parents want custody, what happens? If parents can't reach an agreement on their own, how will the issue be decided? When you contact Epperson Law Group, PLLC, we can provide answers to these difficult questions.

Our Charlotte child custody lawyers work hard to handle emotionally-charged cases as quickly and effectively as possible because we are dedicated to the needs our clients and the best interests of their children. If you need help with a child custody matter, Epperson Law Group, PLLC is ready to be your advocate throughout every step of the process.

Contact our offices at (704) 200-9278 to get started. We serve clients throughout Charlotte, Weddington, Boone, and all surrounding areas in North Carolina.

Finding an Arrangement that Works for Your Family

Custody can be shared if both parents are able to work together. If parents are unable to compromise, joint custody may actually hurt the children. It is important to distinguish between "legal" and "physical" custody. Legal custody refers to the ability to make major decisions about the children's upbringing, like schooling, medical care, religion and the like.

Physical custody, on the other hand, refers to where the child will live. It is less common for physical custody to be shared since moving frequently between homes can be disruptive. More often, one person has physical custody and the other has visitation. The extent and frequency of that visitation can vary greatly depending on the family's circumstances.

Common custody arrangements include:

There's No Gender Bias in the Law

Some people think that mothers automatically get custody after a divorce. This isn't true. The law says nothing about gender, and both mothers and fathers have equal standing. With that said, courts do not like to disrupt children's usual routines if that can be avoided. If one parent has historically been the primary caregiver, it is more likely that he or she will get custody.

Custody Is Based on the Best Interests of Your Child

While North Carolina courts will consider many different factors when making a determination about child custody, they must ultimately decide which parent will provide an environment that best encourages the child's physical, emotional, moral, and mental development. In order to share custody, it is necessary for both parents to be actively involved in their children's lives, meaning both parents would know about and be involved in the child's education, extracurricular activities, and health.

In North Carolina, the primary question asked in every custody and visitation case is "what is in the child's best interests?" The goal is to create an arrangement that maximizes the child's chances of being healthy, happy and successful. Parents who show they are able to put their child's needs first have a much better chance of getting custody or visitation time.

It is also important to understand that courts will be hesitant to disrupt the status quo if one parent has been the child's primary caretaker. You will need an experienced advocate in any case. Our child custody lawyers in Charlotte have handled numerous complex and contentious child custody disputes. We are actively involved advocates for children across North Carolina, and we keep up-to-date with each judge’s proclivities regarding 50-50 custody and joint timesharing.

Creating a Child Visitation & Parenting Agreement

Custody battles are the most difficult area of family law. It is hard for parents to share access to their children, but it is even harder for children when parents do not maintain a friendly relationship. Our custody attorneys take an honest approach to difficult cases. If we can settle your case for something similar to what you would get at trial, we will advise you accordingly and draft a child visitation and parenting agreement that is fair to both parties and in your child's best interests.

Drafting your parenting plan with care and precision is crucial to your child's future and your parental rights. Let Epperson Law Group, PLLC be your legal advocate.

Can I Modify My Child Custody Arrangement?

Modifications of child custody, like child support, are never final until the child turns 18 and graduates from high school. You can ask the court to modify the child custody or visitation schedule if there has been a substantial change in circumstances that affect your child; however, you must be able to show that the modification is in the child's best interests.

Why It's Important to Be Honest with Your Lawyer

If you are getting divorced, it is important to be open and honest with your lawyer. Be clear about what you want to get out of your child custody case. If there are any factors that might weigh against you, be honest about them, even if they might seem embarrassing. Similarly, if you have any concerns about your ex-spouse's parenting, mention those as well.

Remember, everything you say to your lawyer is confidential. Just because you talk about something in a meeting doesn't necessarily mean that you have to bring it up in negotiations or in a hearing. The more your attorney knows, the better chances you will have at a successful outcome. In any sort of dispute, it's better to be prepared than surprised.

Contact Epperson Law Group for the Help You Need

If you are looking for experienced counsel in Charlotte, Boone, Weddington, or the surrounding areas, Epperson Law Group, PLLC can provide the representation you need. Our child custody attorneys are standing by to see how we can help you. We want to guide you to a swift and favorable resolution by providing proactive, personalized representation.

Contact our firm today at (704) 200-9278 to discuss your child custody case.

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