Garner, NC Custody Lawyers

Navigating custody arrangements after you and your spouse decide to part ways can be difficult for all involved parties. In addition to making big decisions regarding your assets and property, you now have to decide how your children’s time will be divided between you and their other parent. Even if your marriage ended amicably, custody matters tend to heighten emotions. It can be difficult to put your feelings aside when dealing with the most important thing to you–your relationship with your children. Creating a custody arrangement might feel impossible due to the complicated intricacies and emotional aspects of the process.

It’s important to remember that while divorce is challenging for you and your ex, the situation and feelings involved are only amplified for your children. At Triangle Smart Divorce, our Garner custody lawyers can help you tread the waters of custody lightly so that you can lessen the impact of the process on your children’s lives. When you need help sorting out the details of custody, call Triangle Smart Divorce to request a consultation and learn more about your next steps and legal options.

What Are The Different Types Of Custody?

There are two main types of custody in North Carolina, legal and physical. It’s important to remember that while custody can be classified under these two categories, your individual circumstances cannot. Every family and every child’s needs are different. What worked for a relative or friend’s family during this type of transition, might not work for yours.

Legal Custody

Legal custody pertains to which parent will make the important decisions in the children’s lives, like their education, religion, healthcare, and more. Legal custody can be shared jointly, or one parent can have sole legal custody. We typically see couples share legal custody jointly unless there is a specific reason why that cannot happen, such as if one parent has a history of abuse or neglect or has mental health issues.  Occasionally, we see a family divide legal custody with one person having decision making over some areas, such as education and healthcare, and the other having legal custody over another area, such as extracurricular activities.

Physical Custody

Physical custody relates to where the children live and spend the majority of their time. There can be sole or joint physical custody, or primary and secondary physical custody; however, even when physical custody is shared jointly, it doesn’t mean that the child’s time is actually split 50/50 with both parents.

There are several different combinations and arrangements that can be created when it comes to custody, which is why it’s important to work with one of our seasoned Garner custody lawyers who can ensure you understand all of your options. It’s also important to remember that custody isn’t permanent and can be modified at any given point in time if the circumstances of a parent or child significantly change and a modification of custody would be in the best interest of the child. A custody lawyer can assist with this process as well.

High Conflict Custody

Mediation is a process that we highly recommend to all of our clients, and is actually required for custody in North Carolina, with a few exceptions, such as a history of domestic violence. If you have a non-compliant ex who likes to make family matters like these as difficult as possible, or they have a history of violence or any form of abuse, we know how to help protect you and your children.

No matter what your family dynamics are, our Garner custody lawyers want what’s best for you and your family, so we’ll do everything we can to help you reach a solution that is in the best interest of your children and that provides you with peace of mind.

How Triangle Smart Divorce Can Help You

If you and your spouse need to create a custody arrangement, you don’t have to do it alone. We’re here to help you understand your parental rights and legal options so that we can come up with an arrangement that fits your children’s needs and disrupts their lives as little as possible. When we say we aren’t your typical custody lawyers, we mean it. Our Garner custody lawyers will put your goals for your family at the forefront of all that we do. Call today to schedule a consultation and learn about the next steps.

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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.


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