Charlotte Family Law Attorneys
Experienced, honest representation for family matters in North Carolina
Any life experience requiring a family law attorney can be challenging – whether it’s a happy occasion like an adoption, or a difficult one like a divorce. Our lawyers are here to make the process easier for both you and your family, keeping your and children’s best interests a priority above all else. Count on us to keep you feeling informed and secure when you come to us with your family law issue.
At Epperson Law Group, PLLC, our decades of experience help us focus on practical and strategic solutions for your family law, divorce and child custody matters. With offices in Charlotte, Weddington and Boone, we provide local and personal representation when you and your family need it most. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for a consultation today.
If you have questions about the ins and outs of family law, we have answers.
What is family law?
Family law is a term that covers a wide range of domestic and family-related matters. Typically, family law attorneys handle cases that deal with divorce and resulting issues related to divorce – like separation agreements, child custody, alimony, child support and division of property. It can also deal with agreements before marriage, like pre- and post-marital agreements.
When we represent you, our attorneys work tirelessly to ensure you the best possible outcome for your case. We understand that family law issues can affect the rest of your life, and we intend to stand by your side and fight for you with integrity and honesty. Our years of experience with the family law court system serving Charlotte and Mecklenburg County works to your benefit.
Our legal team can help you with many complex family law issues with the knowledge and experience our clients have come to trust.
What is the adoption process in Charlotte?
Adoption is the process of establishing a legal relationship between a parent and child. The most important thing to remember about adoption, and the way North Carolina judges interpret the law, is that it is the process of finding the best parents for the welfare of a child – and not finding the best child for adoptive parents.
After a child is adopted, the relationship between that child and their natural biological parent is legally severed, meaning the biological parent has terminated their parental rights and obligations regarding the child. And, after the child is adopted, they now have all the same legal rights as a biological child born to the adoptive parent.
How does child custody work?
When creating a child custody agreement, the court has no preference for either parent. All decisions are made for the best welfare of the child. Typically, either parent can file a request for a custody order or custody modification; however, only a judge can make a final decision. In the case of a custody modification order, a parent must show a significant change in circumstances affecting the welfare of the child. Changes in circumstances could include when a parent is relocating, or if a parent can no longer work with the custody schedule.
Additionally, a judge may order custody rights or visitation to grandparents if they believe it would be in the child’s best interests.
Why do I need a parenting plan?
Parenting plans are part of the child custody process in Charlotte and throughout North Carolina. If you and your co-parent have come up with a parenting plan on your own, the court can give its approval. If you and your co-parent are in disagreement, then the court will decide. With the help of your attorney, a well-drafted parenting plan can result in a fair and equitable custody agreement that protects your rights and the rights of your child.
Parenting plans include things like shared parenting time, where children spend holidays, who claims children on their taxes, or education and discipline decisions.
How does the court determine child support?
According to state law, both parents have a legal obligation to support their children. Typically, this obligation ends when your child turns 18. The court determines the amount of child support using North Carolina Child Support Guidelines, which takes into account each family’s unique circumstances – including each parent’s income, the child’s expenses, and each parent’s other relevant financial obligations.
Our Charlotte family law attorneys can also assist you with child support enforcement when your child’s parent isn’t cooperating with the agreed-upon child support agreement.
Can you help me with a paternity action?
Paternity actions can help serve many purposes. The other parent can seek child support from the biological father by establishing paternity, a father can assert his parental rights, or a parent can use a paternity action to disprove paternity. Establishing paternity may sometimes also be necessary for medical and genetic reasons.
Why do I need a Charlotte family law attorney?
Your family law matters do not begin and end in the courtroom. Whether you’re going through a separation or a child custody dispute, a successful outcome begins with thorough preparation for what’s to come. Our legal team walks you through the process and lets you know what to expect. We ensure you’re treated with honesty and fairness, and work only in the best interests of you and your child.
Reliable family law attorneys serving Charlotte
The legal team at Epperson Law Group, PLLC has decades of experience protecting the rights of people just like you. If you need help with a family law matter – divorce, child support, child custody – talk to one of our lawyers today to find out how we can help. We’re right off the NC-16 on Sikes Place. To reserve a consultation at one of our offices in Charlotte, Boone, or Weddington, please call 704-321-0031 or fill out our contact form.