Carrboro, NC Custody Lawyers

A divorce is a complex and emotional process for two people to go through. When there are children involved, matters can become that much more complicated and sensitive. In addition to dividing up your hard-earned assets and property, you’ll also have to essentially divide your time with your children. No matter what your reason for divorce is, this is never an easy decision for any parent to make. If you’re overwhelmed by the idea of creating a custody arrangement, you need to work with a Carrboro custody lawyer who can explain your legal options and protect your parental rights.

Remember that though divorce is challenging for you and your co-parent, it is just as hard, if not more so, on your children. Divorce is a disruption to life as they know it, and even if it’s what is best for everyone involved, your children may have a tough time understanding that. That’s why we’re passionate about doing what we can to lessen the impact of your divorce and custody-related matters on your children. Call Triangle Smart Divorce today to request a consultation and discover your options.

What Are The Different Types Of Custody In North Carolina?

There are two types of custody in North Carolina: legal and physical. Legal custody refers to which parent will have the authority to make important decisions on their children’s behalf when it comes to matters like education, religion, healthcare, and more. Physical custody refers to which parent the children will reside with the majority of the time. Both legal and physical custody can, and usually are, shared jointly.


Mediation is a process we recommend in order to achieve the best custody arrangement for you and your family. It allows you to collaborate on the terms of your agreement, which is ultimately ideal for the well-being of your children; no one knows them or understands their needs better than you and your co-parent do. Mediation can eliminate some of the stress involved in the custody process, and can even save you time and money.

While the process is required by North Carolina law, there are extenuating circumstances in which mediation wouldn’t be appropriate and therefore is not required, including if one parent has a history of substance abuse, domestic violence, or neglect.

It’s important to remember that custody isn’t permanent. If you, your co-parent, or your children experience a significant change in your life, you can request that your custody arrangement be modified to better fit your current circumstances.

High Conflict Custody

While having both you and your co-parent involved in your children’s life is ideal, you may be divorcing someone who is intent on making the process as difficult as possible, or doesn’t agree on what’s best for your children. You may also be dealing with someone who is unstable or has a personality disorder, making you and your children feel unsafe. If any of the above scenarios describes your situation, we know how to protect you and your family while also creating a custody arrangement that will ensure your children’s best interests and safety.

How Our Carrboro Custody Lawyers Can Help

If you need to create a custody arrangement, Triangle Smart Divorce is here for you. We know that your children are the most important people in your life, so you can trust that we will do everything we can to help you reach the best possible result for the sake of their future and well-being. Allow Triangle Smart Divorce’s Carrboro custody lawyers to put their 200+ years of combined experience to the test on your behalf. We will give your case the individualized care and attention that it deserves. Call now to request a consultation and discover your options.


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Frequently Asked Questions


A divorce lawyer may seem like an extra expense if both parties agree on the big decisions, but the details of a divorce can be complex and hard to navigate without an expert, and getting the agreement properly written ensures that everyone has the security and clarity they need to move forward with their lives. It’s better to do it right the first time than have to keep going back and fixing mistakes. And, in some cases, you may not be able to fix your mistakes.


You should ask a potential divorce lawyer about their prior experience with cases like yours, their approach to negotiations when couples reach a disagreement, and their personal success rate in arriving at a resolution through negotiation and/or mediation.


You cannot have one lawyer serve both parties in a divorce. This would be a conflict of interest. It’s incredibly important that each party feels their individual needs are represented and voiced, and that cannot be done with a single lawyer serving as the representative for both parties.

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