Clayton, NC Custody Lawyers

When you’re navigating a divorce, trying to create a custody arrangement can be hard on everyone. It’s difficult enough to determine how your assets, property, and debts should be divided, but now you have to divide up your parenting responsibilities and time with your kids. This can stir up emotions, making it difficult to focus on the legal implications of custody as well as what’s most important – your children’s well-being. Working with an experienced Clayton custody lawyer at Triangle Smart Divorce, who will do everything they can to lessen the impact of divorce and custody matters on your children’s life, can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.

It’s crucial to remember that what you and your spouse are feeling, your children are also feeling – most of the time on a much more heightened scale. We take the time to understand your family’s dynamics so that we can help you create an arrangement that is in the best interest of your children, both now and in the future. Call today to request a consultation and discover your options.

What Does Custody In North Carolina Entail?

Legal custody has to do with who’ll make important decisions about their children’s upbringing, including but not limited to aspects related to education, healthcare, religion, and more. Parents can share joint legal custody, and that’s typically what the court encourages, or one parent can also have sole legal custody, making all of the major decisions on their own. Parents can also choose to divide and conquer. For example, one parent decides on educational aspects of their child’s life, and the other decides on religious ones. The best case for the kids is when both parents are involved and participate in making important decisions.

Physical custody deals with the daily responsibility of taking care of a child or children, and determines which parent they will live with. Like legal custody, physical custody can be shared jointly, or owned solely by one parent. If one parent does have sole physical custody, the other will typically have visitation rights.

Remember, custody isn’t a one-size-fits-all situation. What worked for friends or family members will probably not work for you. That’s why it’s important to enlist the legal knowledge and guidance of a Clayton custody lawyer, so that you’ll have the best chance at reaching an outcome that works for everyone in your family.

Our Approach

At Triangle Smart Divorce, we prefer to take the high road even though it’s usually the road less traveled. What this means is we like to negotiate the terms of your custody arrangement to spare your family the drama by keeping you out of the courtroom. Not only is it less stressful for you, but it’s better for your children, as it shows them a healthier way to handle conflicts and proves that even though you and your spouse are splitting up, you still prioritize their well-being.

That being said, we also understand that there are circumstances where collaboration isn’t feasible. If you’re married to someone who is unreasonable, abusive, or argumentative, we will fight for your parental rights, and work diligently to pursue a fair resolution.

Why Triangle Smart Divorce?

If you know that it’s time to part ways with your spouse and you need to create a custody arrangement that will provide your children with a peaceful and supportive environment, we can help you accomplish that. Allow us to explain your legal options and responsibilities, as well as advocate for your ideal arrangement for your family.

At Triangle Smart Divorce, we aren’t your typical family law attorneys. We go above and beyond to ensure that our legal strategies align with your goals. We also prepare for all of the possible curveballs that may come our way during the process. Trust our Clayton custody lawyers to get you through the custody process quickly and efficiently. Call now to request a consultation, discover your options, and get answers to your questions.


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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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